Actress who starred in catcalling video showing harassment on streets sues director for £320k


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An actress who starred in a video highlighting the harassment women suffer from catcallers in the street is suing the director for £320,000.

A hidden camera captured stranger after stranger calling to Shoshana Roberts, approaching her and verbally harassing her, as she walks in silence.

While filming the clip, entitled '10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman', she encountered more than 100 instances of verbal harassment.

These instances didn’t include winks, whistles and non-verbal harassment.

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Roberts has now filed a lawsuit against director Robert Bliss and Hollaback! - the anti-street harassment group - for using her image to promote their agenda.

Her lawyer says she did not have a written agreement with Bliss.

Roberts, 24, also names Google, YouTube and TGI Friday's in lawsuit, TMZ.com reports.

The actress claims the accused violated her civil rights and unjustly enriched themselves by creating and airing videos containing her “creative content, performance, image, likeness and persona for the purposes of advertising or trade without her prior written consent,” the lawsuit states.

Roberts was hired after answering a Craiglist casting call and was reportedly paid $200 in October last year.

At one point in the clip, Roberts was followed for more than five minutes by a stranger - and at another point she was berated by a man trying to force his phone number upon her.

The video was posted on YouTube by Hollaback!, an international movement devoted to ending street harassment.

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