This is an odd one, and it’s not going to go the way you think: Vincent Gallo, bad-boy director of Brown Bunny and Buffalo ’66, is caught up in a scandal involving nude pictures of one of his ex-girlfriends, and he’s not even the one to blame.
Variety reports that someone has created a very convincing Facebook account impersonating Gallo, going so far as to add more than 3,000 Facebook accounts as friends, some of whom are actually Gallo’s real-life friends. This would all be a non-story, if it weren’t for the fact that the Facebook account’s operator were so convincing a Gallo impersonator that he was able to con one of Gallo’s ex-girlfriend’s into sending him (or her) nude photos. The woman in question is apparently a well-known international model.
Gallo apparently takes his privacy very seriously and so does not have any social media accounts, which is a shame, because he’d be riotous on them. Gallo’s attorney, Joe Costa, told Variety: “They were put on notice and they just refuse to take action,” speaking about Facebook. “I’m not aware of any situation in which there have been communications with Facebook on more than one occasion and they failed to take any action.”
Chances are Gallo has gone public with the situation just to try to make some sort of positive change happen, though he’s suing Facebook for “misappropriation of his likeness, trademark violations, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” One would think the woman who sent nude photos to a stranger would be more justified in filing a lawsuit.
This is the fake Facebook account in question.