A Vancouver man has seen his professional and personal life ruined by a vengeful ex-girlfriend he met, and subsequently dumped, while teaching in Malaysia. As the CBC reports, Lee David Clayworth has been subject to relentless harassment for the past two-and-a-half years after breaking things off with Lee Ching Yan. But this goes way beyond your average revenge-porn posting, to put it mildly. According to the CBC, “After they split up, she broke into his apartment and stole his laptop and hard drive, along with other personal belongings. She then hacked into his email account and sent messages to all of his contacts — posing as him — talking about how he had sex with underage students.” But wait, there’s more…
“Court documents show Yan retrieved nude photos of Clayworth that were in his computer — pictures she had taken — and posted them on several sites.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, she’s waged an all-out war on social media against him, as well. “I did a Google search of my name and I saw profiles listed saying … I am a psychopath, I am a child molester, a pedophile, I am involved with my students and so on — and then that just steamrolled,” Clayworth told the CBC.
Sure enough, the top Google search result for “Lee Clayworth” is from liarscheatersrus.com. And while most of the front page has now been overtaken by articles describing this poor man’s plight, there still remains the odd meme, like this one showing his pasty white ass. I’d give that meme a fail.
That said, Lee Ching Yan’s actions are also considered illegal in her home country. The CBC notes that she was found guilty of defamation, and ordered to pay her ex 66-grand Canadian, which is probably about 2-billion of their piddly little currency. But rather than face the music, she fled, reportedly to Australia, where she keeps posting slander and lies to this day. And the biggest problem facing the victim is that his court order against her came from a third-world country, and not the US of A. As per the CBC, “Halifax internet law expert David Fraser pointed out that American-based service providers and websites are governed by U.S. law, which protects freedom of expression and does not hold them legally responsible for content users post.” God Bless America, and no place else!
At the very least, employers who use Google to unfairly prescreen job candidates will now know that Clayworth’s a victim, not a victimizer. Unless they’re feeling lucky (and lazy), that is.