Now online videos and social networks are being used as weapons in bitter divorce battles.
Tricia Walsh-Smith, a New York woman in the middle of an ugly divorce, can be seen in a YouTube video criticizing her husband, Broadway executive Philip Smith, in a disturbing and angry video clip that has been watched over 150,000 times.
Attorneys are calling Walsh-Smith’s attempt to use a YouTube video to broadcast secrets about her husband and is family during a divorce battle a “scary new step” in user generated content.
Lawyers have told the Local 6 News that they can’t think of another divorce case like it.
Walsh-Smith flips throught the couple’s wedding album on in the video, accusing Philip Smith of trying to evict her from their apartment. She then goes on to make embarrassing statements about their personal and intimate life.
Her lawyer said that she acted out of passion and is a “victim who is holding her head up,” though he didn’t represent her at the time she made the video and posted it to YouTube.
Her husband’s lawyers stated that they were appalled by the video smear.
Divorce experts say the video clip will probably come back to haunt her and harm her legal case.