Woman From Viral Street Harassment Video Files Lawsuit Against Producers: “I Was Used”
Last year, we reported on a woman, Shoshana B. Roberts who volunteered to be videotaped as a subject in a street harassment video produced by an organization, HollaBack! In the video, Roberts was seen walking for 10 hours throughout New York City while men catcalled her. Although Roberts and HollaBack! stimulated discussion on the layers of street harassment and how it is defined, it appears the two have their own issues to work out.
TMZ reports Shoshana filed a lawsuit against Hollaback! and the Robert Bliss Marketing Agency for using her “likeness to promote their agenda.” Roberts’ attorney states she didn’t have a written agreement with Hollaback! or Robert Bliss and it was not clear she would get paid for appearing in the street harassment video.
Despite these facts, she believes she did not “get everything she was promised,” and will not disclose other information based on this notion. Roberts is suing the company for $500,000 along with Google, YouTube and TGIFridays who all made parodies of the video for advertisement purposes.
The video garnered over 30 million YouTube views in less than five day after its October 2014 release and was covered by major media outlets.