Model Malin Sahlen ‘shocked’ after being ‘exploited’ by tabloid sting targeting MP Brooks Newmark


Gordon Rayner

London: A Swedish model whose photograph was used without her permission to entrap the British Tory MP Brooks Newmark says she has been “exploited” by a tabloid newspaper sting.

Malin Sahlen said she was “shocked” that her photograph was sent to Mr Newmark by the Sunday Mirror before Mr Newmark sent an explicit photograph of himself back to an undercover reporter.

Mr Newmark, a married father of five, resigned as minister for civil society at the weekend after admitting he had been “a complete fool”.


Miss Sahlen was one of two women whose photographs were taken from internet sites and used by a freelance reporter to create a fictitious online persona for “Sophie Wittam”, a young Tory PR woman.

A picture of her face was used as the Twitter profile picture of “Sophie”.

Miss Sahlen, a former participant on the Swedish TV show Top Model, told the newspaper Aftonbladet: “I do not want to be exploited in this way and that someone has used my image like this feels really awful, both for me and the others involved in this.

“I am shocked and it is unpleasant for someone to use the picture without permission.”

She said the photograph of her was three years old and that she had, in the past, reported several fake Facebook accounts which used her picture.

In a blog post on her website, she said: “I just want to inform all my dear blog readers that something terrible happened to me today.

“Right now I feel very confused and do not understand that what has happened has happened. I can blog more about that another day, but right now I do not talk about it.”

A second woman whose pictures were used to entrap Mr Newmark told the Telegraph it was “quite wrong” for the Sunday Mirror to have used her pictures.

Charlene Tyler, 26, said she did not think Mr Newmark should have resigned because “grown adults can do whatever they like as long as both of them are over the age of consent”.

Mark Pritchard, one of several other MPs who was contacted by “Sophie”, said he intended to contact Scotland Yard and the Independent Press Standards Organisation to make formal complaints about the newspaper’s behaviour.

Telegraph, UK

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