Woman in Viral Catcall Video Sues Director

Shoshana Roberts says she's being victimized again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2015 6:33 PM CDT
Woman in Viral Catcall Video Sues Director
Shoshana Roberts during an interview at Associated Press headquarters in New York last year.   (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

A woman who was the centerpiece of a video about street harassment in New York City has filed a lawsuit against its director and the organization that put it out. Shoshana Roberts filed her lawsuit in Manhattan, saying her performance and likeness were used for "advertising or trade without her prior written consent." She's looking for at least $500,000. The video compiled comments and catcalls Roberts heard from men as she walked Manhattan streets over the course of 10 hours. It had millions of views online.

The lawsuit names director Rob Bliss and an anti-street harassment group called Hollaback! that released the video. Bliss hasn't replied to an email seeking comment. Hollaback! says it hasn't been served with papers and won't comment. (More sexual harassment stories.)

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