Stephen Bear has proposed to his girlfriend Jessica Smith after being found guilty of posting a sex tape of his ex Georgia Harrison online.
The reality star, 32, was found guilty of two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, after he uploaded CCTV footage of himself and Georgia in a sex act to OnlyFans.
Stephen, who now faces up to two years in prison, popped the question at the Moulin Rouge in Paris over the weekend.
Convicted: Stephen Bear has proposed to his girlfriend Jessica Smith after being found guilty of posting a sex tape of his ex Georgia Harrison online
He took to his TikTok on Sunday night to share a video of the private moment, writing: ‘She said yes!’
He was seen yelling over the balcony to get the attention of the other guests before launching into a speech and getting on one knee.
The former Big Brother star, who made at least £40,000 from the revenge porn video, wrote: ‘She said yes! That was best moment of my life so far.
Guilty: The reality star, 32, was found guilty of two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, after he uploaded CCTV footage of himself and Georgia in a sex act to OnlyFans
‘Not only did over 5,000 people see that in the Moulin Rouge in Paris. But it broadcasted live on the streets of France next to the Eiffel Tower for 100’s of thousands to see.
‘Jess Lily means the world to me and I’m lucky to spend every day with you.’
The judge bailed Bear until January 31 to return to the same court for sentencing, after a report has been prepared about him.
In her statement following the guilty verdict, Georgia said the ‘last two years had been absolute hell’.
Engaged: Stephen, who now faces up to two years in prison, popped the question at the Moulin Rouge in Paris over the weekend
Stephen was alleged to have captured CCTV footage of the act in his back garden on August 2, 2020, and uploading it to OnlyFans.
Georgia said she did not know that they were being filmed and told Bear not to share footage when he showed it to her, but she said that he went on to share it on WhatsApp and the online subscription site.
Bear had denied all charges, but today a jury found him guilty by unanimous verdicts of two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. He was found guilty by a majority verdict of 10 jurors to two of voyeurism.
Jail? The judge bailed Bear (pictured with his girlfriend Jessica Smith) until January 31 to return to the same court for sentencing, after a report has been prepared about him
He now faces up to two years in prison, with Georgia saying the verdict would ‘allow me to start to put the pain I have suffered in the past and start embracing the future.’
She added: ‘I hope me taking a stand gives other men and women who have fallen victim to revenge porn the courage to seek justice and most importantly show them that they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
‘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.
Horrific: In her statement following the guilty verdict, Georgia said the ‘last two years had been absolute hell’ (pictured with Bear in 2019)
Bear, who wore a black suit and tie, looked straight ahead as the jury foreman returned the verdicts after more than eight-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
After the guilty verdicts were returned, Bear said in court: ‘My barrister said not to…
‘In my opinion from the very beginning it was never a fair trial, what the press said against me. I was fighting a losing battle and it is what it is.’
Judge Christopher Morgan told the defendant: ‘Thank you for that observation.’
Georgia said that when Bear showed her the footage she told him ‘never to send’ it to anyone and ‘made it plain how upset she would be if he did’.
Prosecutor Jacqueline Carey KC said that Bear uploaded the footage ‘either himself or had it uploaded to OnlyFans and profited financially’.
Bear, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, claims he deleted the footage and did not send it to others.
Legal battle: Bear denied all charges, but today a jury found him guilty by unanimous verdicts
He previously told the trial he ‘thought it was funny’ that the cameras had captured himself and Ms Harrison having sex.
‘We played it on the monitor screen,’ he said. ‘She asked for a copy of it.
‘I said ‘of course I will send you a copy’, it was 20 minutes long.’
Bear said that Ms Harrison ‘told me to delete the footage, which I did’.
‘Why would I want that on my phone?’
He said his ‘intention’ that day ‘was to catch up with a friend – sex was a bonus and the footage was quite funny to watch back’.
He described Georgia’s allegation that she saw him send the footage to someone on WhatsApp that evening as a ‘complete lie’.
Speaking out: Georgia (left, at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this month) says she never gave consent for the video to be shared and is seeking civil compensation
During his police interview, Bear claimed Georgia laughed about the sex video when he showed it to her in the garden and said he ‘put in a good performance’.
He told officers she had shared it with her friends and told them: ‘I said ‘F****** hell, babe, look at that, I’ve got it on camera.’
‘It turned her on, she was horny, she just laughed about it, it’s funny.’
Bear made repeated claims that his Instagram had been hacked but answered only ‘No comment’ when police asked him specific questions.
Georgia’s mother and manager, Nicola Harrison, gave evidence during the trial and said her daughter was ‘tearful’ and ‘crying’ when she phoned her the day after being filmed.
She said Ms Harrison told her not to worry as Bear had promised he would delete the video.
Nicola told jurors: ‘She said he sent the video to someone in front of her and she asked him to delete it. She thought it had reached the end of it – she said ‘Don’t worry, he has deleted it.’
‘She said people were contacting her and saying they had seen the video and some people contacted her from America. She said it must be online and it was not just people showing it.’
As her manager, Nicola had access to her daughter’s Instagram account and said that after a request for information her daughter posted in December 2020 she saw 20 replies, one of which sent her a screenshot of the video.
She said she went onto Bear’s OnlyFans page, paid $15 and saw the video but did not watch it, adding: ‘It is something I would never, ever want to see.’
When asked about footage being uploaded to OnlyFans, Bear told his trial: ‘I don’t know of any video being uploaded.
‘All I know is a 20-minute video I had at the time. I don’t know of any other video that’s been uploaded.’
He also said he had never changed his subscription price on his OnlyFans account, which was deactivated in December 2020.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place in August 2020 and in November 2020. Bear was arrested after returning from Dubai in January 2021.
Hard time: Georgia said that when Bear showed her the footage she told him ‘never to send’ it to anyone and ‘made it plain how upset she would be if he did’