A number of media retailers have reported the existence of a tape of the "The OC" star participating in intercourse acts with an unidentified man, wearing a black hoodie.
A dealer stated the tape was being touted round pornographic web sites, with an asking worth of $500,000, the Every day Mail newspaper reported on Monday.
"It has been reported that bare or sexually specific pictures of Ms. Barton are being 'shopped round,'" lawyer Lisa Bloom stated in a press release launched by way of Twitter."Ms. Barton doesn't consent to any disclosure of any such photographs. She believes she was recorded with out her consent by somebody she was seeing on the time. There is a identify for this disgusting conduct: revenge pornography."
Bloom described the footage as "a type of sexual assault," and "a criminal offense and a civil mistaken in California," including: "We won't stand for it."
Barton will converse out concerning the case at a information convention at Bloom's workplaces in southern California on Wednesday, the lawyer stated.
"I've a message for anybody who makes an attempt to visitors in these photographs or movies of Ms. Barton: We'll discover you, and we'll come after you," Bloom added.
"We'll absolutely prosecute you beneath each out there felony and civil regulation."
London-born Barton was thought-about an up-and-coming star because of her position in teen drama "The OC" from 2003 to 2007 however she has struggled to emulate her early success.
She was arrested for drunk driving in West Hollywood in 2007 and held in psychiatric care following a psychological breakdown in 2009 earlier than numerous authorized battles over property with a landlord and her personal mom.
She made headlines once more in January when she was caught on video yelling at a neighbor whereas hanging over her yard fence, later telling Individuals journal she had been given a date-rape drug the night time earlier than.