Chrissy Chambers
I want to make him pay, says Chrissy Chambers.Guardian screen grab, YouTube

American Chrissy Chambers says her British beau secretly recorded them having sex shortly before their breakup and posted the tape on an amateur pornography site in what she calls revenge porn.

Now Chambers is out for her own revenge — or justice — with a lawsuit seeking damages and a criminal complaint against her ex. But it's not going to be an easy battle.

Chambers told the Guardian that the sex taping occurred after she explained to her then-boyfriend, whom the newspaper is not identifying, that they should take a break in their relationship. She became extremely intoxicated during dinner that night, while he did not, and she doesn't even remember the filming, and didn't consent to it, she says. She appears to be unconscious in the tape.

She only found out that he taped her and posted it from comments on YouTube after she and her current partner started a successful company providing lesbian video content on YouTube (ironically, one scene involves a suggestive lesbian kiss). The secret sex videos have been posted on several sites and have garnered tens of thousands of views. They're embarrassing, Chambers says, and have lost her business, which relies on teenage fans, many of whom are appalled by the sex tapes.

A new revenge-porn law was introduced in England and Wales just last month making it a crime to distribute a private sexual image of someone without consent and with the intention of causing distress. But the law apparently can't be applied in Chambers' case because the tape was posted several years ago. And damage claims are tough to prove. But Chambers hopes to be the first person in Britain to sue and file a complaint for revenge porn.

She did file a statement with the Metropolitan Police last month hoping that some criminal proceedings can be brought against her ex, and is still waiting to hear.

"We will take this case as far as the law allows," said Chambers's lawyer Ann Olivarius. "We know this is wrong, we know that society should not tolerate this, it's not acceptable behaviour, but still they get away with it all the time."

The Guardian contacted Chambers' former boyfriend several times for comment, but he didn't respond.