Watch Stephen Bear’s advertised sex tape and posted the footage to Only Fans
Reality TV personality Stephen Bear advertised and uploaded footage of himself having sex in his back garden to OnlyFans, a court has heard.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner, 32, arrived at Chelmsford Crown Court in a white Rolls Royce and wore a light pink suit, fuchsia tie, and black fur coat ahead of his revenge porn trial today.
Stephen, who was accompanied to court by his girlfriend Jessica Smith, pleaded not guilty in July 2021 to voyeurism and two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs or film, but the trial is only now beginning after it was pushed back from February.
The Ex on the Beach star is accused of filming himself having sex with a woman at his front garden in 2020, and then sharing the footage on OnlyFans without her consent.
Prosecutor, Jacqueline Carey, told the jury that Bear and his alleged victim had dated briefly before they met up in August 2020, as she came round his for a cup of tea, with the pair drinking wine and doing tequila shots, before having sex in the garden, and then going inside.
It was only afterward that Bear told the alleged victim that he had CCTV in the garden, and the camera might have got them.
“She told him never to show it or send it to anyone,” Ms. Carey said.
Ms. Carey said it was the prosecution’s case that Bear had deliberately shared and uploaded the video for him or another party to “obtain sexual gratification” from it, as well as profit from the video being shared on sites such as OnlyFans and PornHub.
The jury heard that Bear has denied any involvement in the sharing of the video, claiming he didn’t share it in WhatsApp, nor did he upload it to any sites.
“She explained to him how bad it would be for her,” Ms. Carey said later.
In October, the alleged victim started hearing about people seeing the footage from the garden, and was then sent screenshots of an advert of the footage on Bear’s OnlyFans.
The advert, the prosecution said, read: “Good morning everyone, can’t wait for you to see me f**cking in the garden here is a sneak peak.”
Ms. Carey said that at first Bear, in a video on social media, denied that it was the alleged victim in the video, but then accuses her of being an attention seeker.
In Instagram videos played to the court, Bear claimed the last time he saw the woman was in Thailand, and the woman in the video “clearly wasn’t her”. He told his followers: “Everyone is human I have played a clown but I’m just saying it for good energy to make people around me happy.”
Screenshots between Mr. Bear and the victim were shown to the jury, as well as voice recordings from Mr. Bear after the footage was uploaded and she confronts him.
In the voice notes, played to the jury, Bear said that the woman had an idea in her head “wound up so much it makes you look like a c***. You don’t think before you do anything”.
He could also be heard saying: “when the dust settles you look like such an idiot for making up full-blown lies”. In a later message he could be heard saying “f***ing hell you have lost the plot” and “stay off the drugs”.
The victim denied sending it herself and, Ms. Carey said, told him: “We will discuss it in court, you know what you have done. It will ruin my life.”
The screenshot also saw the alleged victim tell him: “You’re gonna go prison for this Bear.”
The court heard that on the day of the footage being released, the subscription to Bear’s OnlyFans account went up from $7.35 to $50, and then later on it went down to $20.
The court heard Bear was arrested at Heathrow Airport in January 2021, on the way back from Dubai.
In his police interview, Bear claimed it was the alleged victim showing friends the video.
“When he was asked if he had shown the footage to anyone, he said ‘no comment. About uploading to OnlyFans – ‘no comment’. Changed subscriptions – ‘no comment’,” Ms. Carey said, adding that further comments made by Bear said, “she has ruined, like f***ed my mental health”.
Ms. Carey told the court that another person would help Bear manage his OnlyFans account.
She said: “If Mr. Bear wasn’t behind this footage if it wasn’t one of those two, what are you left with? Some unidentified person has hacked into his OnlyFans, uploaded it to his subscribers, and shared it. All for the benefit of Mr. Bear.”
Ms. Carey said Bear’s case “flies in the face of common sense”.
Summarising her argument, Ms. Carey said Bear had “deliberately flouted” the alleged victim’s request not to upload the footage, in order to make money. “It wasn’t an accidental upload, not been set up or leaked,” she added.