Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Police investigate after woman alleges man posted nude photos without consent

TORONTO - Police say they are investigating after a woman alleged that a Toronto photographer and comedian publicly posted nude photos of her online without her consent.

Const. Victor Kwong says the woman, who cannot be identified, told police she had shared the photos with Ren Bostelaar privately and did not want them posted publicly.

Bostelaar's lawyer, Sam Goldstein, says he is unaware of any police investigation and noted that no charges have been laid against his client.

But he says Bostelaar has apologized to several women whose photos he reposted online from sites such as Tumblr and Reddit without their knowledge.

Goldstein says his client is "deeply and profoundly regretful" for his actions.

Allegations from several women emerged on social media late last week, prompting Bostelaar to post an apology on his Facebook profile, which he has since deleted.

In the post, he admitted to participating in discussions on the online forum 4chan that "included photos of women and their names."

"In some cases, that has included sensitive photos taken from other places, like Tumblr and Reddit, where they weren't meant to be seen beyond the person's chosen audience," he wrote.

He also denied sharing any images sent directly to him without consent.

His lawyer also said Bostelaar did not "deliberately disseminate the private details of certain women on the Internet with malicious intent."

Goldstein added that Bostelaar is open to meeting with the women whose photos he reposted and apologizing to them in person.

Bostelaar is one of the people behind the popular Twitter comedy account Stats Canada, which has more than 600,000 followers. The account posted a statement Sunday expressing shock over the allegations that had surfaced on social media.

"This kind of behaviour is completely inexcusable and does not reflect the values of Stats Canada. Our thoughts are with anyone this may have affected," it said.

Bostelaar was also involved in the blog BikeRackTO, which posted its own statement denouncing his alleged actions Sunday.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?

Social Media