‘It changed her’: NRL star Mark Geyer’s daughter went from ‘bubbly’ to not wanting to leave the house after being wrongly identified on Facebook in a leaked sex tape
- Montanna Geyer’s friends say she is anxious and afraid people think less of her
- They said the 24-year-old is no longer the ‘happy, bubbly’ person she once was
- Fouad Ghosn is accused of falsely naming her in a sex tape with Tyrone May
- Ghosn denies owning the Facebook pages that published the posts in 2019
Friends of NRL legend Mark Geyer’s daughter said they watched the bubbly woman they knew turn anxious and reclusive after she was wrongly identified as being in a sex tape with Panthers star Tyrone May.
Montanna Geyser is suing Fouad Ghosn for defamation after he allegedly falsely named her in the explicit leaked video on Facebook pages NRL Memes and NRL Quality memes on March 4, 2019.
Ghosn denies owning the now-defunct pages, which had tens of thousands of followers.
In Sydney’s District Court on Wednesday, some of her closest friends said the normally ‘outgoing and approachable’ 24-year-old shied away from the outside world since the scandal, terrified someone would recognise her from the posts.
Montanna Geyer and her father Mark Geyer (pictured together) appeared in Sydney’s District Court on Wednesday for a defamation trial over leaked sex tapes
Foaud Ghosn (pictured) has denied owning the two NRL Meme Facebook pages that published posts falsely identifying Ms Geyer as the woman in the sex tape
‘Montanna was a very bubbly, social person and really strong and anything that comes her way she could handle,’ her friend Jorgia Roe said, according to The Australian.
‘But when it comes to this image being released, it did affect her quite a lot, significantly. She wasn’t really wanting to leave the house at all because of what happened.’
Another friend, Eric Johnston, said the young woman was anxious that others would ‘think less of her for being involved in that sort of thing’.
The two posts in question were shared on the same day May’s tape emerged, Ms Geyer’s lawyer Roger Rasmussen told the court on Tuesday.
One featured a photo of Ms Geyer taken from her Facebook profile alongside a screenshot from the video, while the second named her as the woman involved.
Some of Ms Geyer’s (pictured) closest friends said the normally ‘outgoing and approachable’ 24-year-old shied away from the outside world since the scandal
‘The bird in the Tyrone May video is Mark Geyer’s daughter. Happy days at Penrith,’ the caption read.
In January, 23-year-old May was given a three-year good behaviour bond after multiple sex tapes were leaked online involving women who were unaware they were being filmed.
Mr Rasmussen told the court that his client believes Ghosn is responsible for falsely identifying Ms Geyer as a participant in the videos – which left her ‘completely broken’.
He told the court a witness supplied a statement that included texts from Mr Ghosn claiming he was the owner NRL Memes.
‘I’ve owned NRL Memes since August 2012 and I f**king created the page,’ Mr Ghosn allegedly said in the texts, the court heard.
Mr Rasmussen told the court that Ms Geyer (pictured) believes Ghosn is responsible for falsely identifying Ms Geyer as a participant in the videos
In January, 23-year-old May (pictured) was given a three-year good behaviour bond after multiple sex tapes were leaked online involving women who were unaware they were being filmed
Ms Geyer claims she was taunted in public and online, with hundreds messaging her or adding her on social media after seeing the posts.
She recalled the moment a friend called to tell about the posts as she sat in her bedroom at home.
‘As soon as I saw it I screamed, I literally screamed from pure shock,’ she said.
‘I ran down stairs to my family because I didn’t know what was going on. I was devastated… I was beside myself.’
Ms Geyer said the ordeal made her anxious and paranoid about leaving the house, and she has consequently become more reserved and self conscious.
Montana Geyer (pictured), 24, is suing Fouad Ghosn who she believes published posts on Facebook pages NRL Memes and NRL Quality Memes in March 2019 wrongly outing her as the woman in Tyrone May’s sex tape
She is seeking damages on six grounds of defamation which she claims have greatly injured her reputation, including that insinuations that she was the woman in the video and intimately involved in the player’s sex scandal.
She argues the posts also suggested she is an ‘indecent and lewd’ person who allowed the football player to record her during sex aiming to share the tape.
Retired Panthers icon Mr Geyer also gave evidence, telling the court he posted on Facebook asking his followers who ran the NRL Memes pages.
He said ‘everyone that responded’ told him they were owned by Fouad Ghosn.
Jonathan Cohen, Mr Ghosn’s barrister, on Wednesday showed the court a screenshot with an alternative claim to the owner of the Facebook page.
Ms Geyer (pictured with her father) argues the posts also suggested she is an ‘indecent and lewd’ person who allowed the football player to record her during sex aiming to share the tape
‘People have asked me who I am, and they’ve threatened me all because they don’t like the content I produce,’ the post read.
‘My name is (name of another person). I live in Parkes, New South Wales. If you have the guts to come and do something about it, come get me.’
Ms Geyer’s solicitor Wesley Ranson said Bryden Lawyers had to hire a process server to hunt Ghosn down and give him the legal documents, the court heard on Wednesday.
The server went to the Cosmopolitan Shoes at Double Bay, which the court heard was connected to the Ghosn family, on May 23 last year to find him before delivering a sealed envelope to a property in North Parramatta.
The case continues.