Model charged after sex tape stolen from her phone and leaked online

An Indonesian model and singer has been charged after a 19-second sex tape featuring her was leaked online.

Gisella Anastasia, 30, has been named as a suspect after a lawyer reported the clip to Jakarta police.

Indonesia is notorious for its draconian laws around pornography, the possession or downloading of which could result in a four-year prison sentence.

Gisella, the ex-wife of a popular TV personality, was summoned for police questioning and charged under the controversial Articles 4 and 8, facing punishment of up to 12 years in prison.

The man who also appeared in the brief video, identified as Michael Yukinobu Defretes, was charged with the same offence.

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The pair had filmed themselves engaging in sexual activity in a hotel room in 2017 on Gisella's mobile phone, which she told police she later lost.

The clip appears to have been stolen and distributed online by two men who have since been charged with violating the information and electronic transaction law and anti-pornography law.

"When asked why she recorded it, she said that it's for personal documentation, and that she would never resell it," a Jakarta police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Women's rights activists have come to Gisella's defence, saying she is a victim of theft and "revenge porn" and should not be prosecuted.

"The anti-pornography law should be amended, as this law was hastily passed and wasn't discussed in details with the public," Olin Monteiro, founder of Arts for Women, told This Week in Asia.

"The law should not prosecute us because we make adult content for personal use. Laws like this are hurting women and other marginalised groups. Victims of revenge porn, for example, will be scared to report their cases to law enforcement."

Mariana Amirudin, commissioner at Indonesia's National Commission on Violence Against Women, said the case highlighted the deep rooted misogyny still prevalent in the country.

"In porn cases, women are more harmed than men as women's bodies are more (focused on) compared to men's, women are also often being made nude objects so it is easy for them to be a suspect in cases like this," she said.

Meanwhile legal experts have pointed out that the creators of adult content for personal use are exempt from prosecution, meaning Gisella and her male partner have been unlawfully charged.

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