Stephen Bear GUILTY of sharing secret garden tape of sex with Towie ex Georgia Harrison and faces years behind bars | The Sun
STEPHEN Bear is facing jail after he was found guilty of sharing a secret sex tape with his Towie star ex Georgia Harrison on OnlyFans.
The reality star, 32, filmed the consensual sex on CCTV then made at least £40,000 on the X-rated site from uploading the clip.
Georgia had begged him not to share the footage after he showed it to her as it would "upset her greatly".
She was later airdropped the 20 minute clip and discovered it was being offered for pay-per-view on OnlyFans.
Bear had advertised the clip: “Can’t wait to see me f****** in the garden.”
The disgraced Ex on the Beach star has now been found guilty of voyeurism and two counts of disclosing private, sexual photographs and films.
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Each offence, which took place between August and November 2020, carry a maximum two year sentence.
The star, who claimed he was "always fighting a losing battle" when the verdict came back, has been bailed ahead of sentencing on January 31 next year.
Bear, who showed up to Chelmsford Crown Court each day in a Rolls Royce limousine, was accused of "revenge porn" by Georgia.
The Towie star, who bravely waived her anonymity, today said she was "relieved" by the verdict.
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She said in a statement: "The last two years have been absolute hell and this verdict will allow me to start to put the pain I have suffered in the past and start embracing the future.
"Bear’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and those who choose to commit such crimes should and will be prosecuted.
"I have felt ashamed, hurt, violated, even broken at times but today I stand here feeling empowered, grateful and a huge sense of unity with all of those who have reached out to support me throughout this ordeal."
Georgia also said with more people's lives spent online, it is "important" they are protected "in the virtual world just as they are in reality".
She told how she hopes by taking a stand, other victims of revenge porn will come forward to "seek justice and most importantly show them that they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of".
Brave Georgia previously broke down during the trial as she told jurors how the tape had ruined her life.
She said her and Bear had gone into the garden while drunk to play cards when she had sex with him unaware she was being filmed.
Georgia added: "We had had sex before. His performance was a lot more excited and a lot more dramatic than usual, looking back – more positions, more effort.
“I had no idea I was on camera.”
When Bear said they "might have been caught" on CCTV, Georgia said she told him she needed to see it.
She claimed she realised it was a "serious situation" when she thought she caught him sending the clip on WhatsApp later that night.
Georgia said she broke down in tears and warned Bear she would "get him done for revenge porn" if the footage was ever sent on.
The reality star claimed Bear told her "I would never do that" and promised he would delete it.
She added: "I hit him and said if anyone sees this it’s going to be really bad, it’s going to change my life and yours.
"I’d known this guy for years and I trusted him somewhat but he acted like I was being really uptight."
When later confronted about the clip appearing online, Bear slammed her claims as "full-blown lies".
He also told her: "You’ve built something up in your head.
“You’ve built yourself up and it’s made me look like a c*** and I am a c*** but I didn’t do this.”
The star claimed Georgia had sent the video elsewhere and was now trying to "get him nicked".
During his own evidence, the CBB winner claimed he was subjected to more than 1,000 personal attacks when the tape went public.
It was also revealed he had made almost £40,000 from OnlyFans in the weeks after sharing the clip.
Asked in court whether that was good money, he said: “I got offered almost £50k to do Celebrity Big Brother again so it depends what you call good money.”
Just two months before it went public, Bear's Natwest account had been nearly £13,000 in debt.
The star also dragged ex-Towie star Lauren Goodger into his evidence as he claimed he had sex with her.
Bear said: “I’ve had many girlfriends in the press with high followings but I didn’t do it to them. So why is Georgia the chosen one?”
He added: “I put in my best performance every time I have sexual intercourse with the ladies. If it’s 20 minutes long, you’ve put in a good performance. Wasn’t the old three minute wonder.”
Bear was on holiday in Dubai at the time and was arrested when he landed at Heathrow on January 15 last year.
When quizzed by police, Bear told officers he “didn’t know what voyeurism meant”.
Bear, from Walthamstow, East London, worked as a roofer before making it as a reality TV star.
He first appeared on Shipwrecked: The Island back in 2011 before fading away for a few years.
Bear, who previously dated Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby, then re-emerged on Ex on the Beach in 2015.
Since then, he's been on Celebrity Big Brother, Just Tattoo of Us and Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live.
Georgia has previously appeared on reality shows including Towie, Love Island and Olivia Meets her Match.
Speaking after the verdict today, Andrew Young, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS East of England, said: “Stephen Bear exploited his relationship for his own gratification by sharing a private video without the victim’s consent.
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“Bear understood his actions were wrong and showed an utter disregard for the victim, going on to gaslight and mock her.
“Sharing private sexual images without consent is illegal and has a profoundly damaging impact on victims. I commend the victim’s bravery in reporting this abuse, and I hope today’s result brings her some sense of justice.”
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