by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Louis Magazzu, Cumberland County freeholder of New Jersey, resigned the day after some nude photos of him were posted online. He announced his resignation on Tuesday, and mentioned that he believes he was set up. During his announcement he apologized to his family, friends, and constituents.
Magazzu, 53, says that he sent the pictures to a woman he talked with online for many years. He added that she requested the photos. One of the pictures showed his crotch while two others showed him in a full suit. A fourth picture shows him shirtless. The Democratic lawyer stated, “I did not know that she was working with an avowed political enemy to distribute these pictures. I have retained counsel to determine what laws may have been broken by the unauthorized distribution of those pictures.” Rocco Cipparone, Magazzu’s attorney says that the pictures were sent around January.
The name of the man who posted the nude photos of Magazzu is Carl B. Johnson of Millville. Johnson posted the images on his website last month, and according to the Associated Press, he is glad that Magazzu stepped down. The Huffington Post reports, “Johnson said he started his website three years ago after a dispute with Magazzu over claims about property taxes. Johnson decided to post the photos because Magazzu had brought up Johnson’s family and back child support payments during their squabble.” Specifically Johnson stated, “I started the blog three years ago…as a way to expose the dirty underbelly of Cumberland County politics.” Johnson says that he was contacted by the woman Magazzu sent the nude photos to. Despite the purpose of his website, he told the woman to contact other media outlets. After she found no success elsewhere, it was at that point that he agreed to post the photos. Although Johnson says Magazzu should have left office a long time ago, he said he is sorry that “it had to happen this way.”
Johnson being sorry may be beside the point if Magazzu’s attorney finds that he breached criminal and civil privacy laws by posting and distributing the pictures to other media outlets. Cipparone states, “[Magazzu] is the victim of unauthorized, nonconsensual dissemination of these photos. While his sending images may be considered indiscreet, it was a private communication intended for one other person only.”
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