COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - A federal lawsuit by an Orange County politician alleges that a website in his name was hijacked and repurposed to advertise pornography, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The lawsuit filed last week by Costa Mesa City Councilman Allan Mansoor says an unknown party took control of a site bearing his name after the domain registration expired in 2015.
The repurposed website featured explicit appraisals of porn sites, complete with links to explicit material, the Los Angeles Times reported (https://lat.ms/2klpFBh ). The newspaper said the site was taken down Friday.
“Pornography is taboo in our society, and a reasonable person would object to being associated with pornography in the manner depicted,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit, which was first reported by the OC Weekly newspaper, says whoever hijacked the site caused Mansoor to suffer embarrassment and emotional distress. “We’re just trying to get to the bottom of this and trying to get my website back,” Mansoor wrote in an email to the Times on Friday.
It’s unclear who took over the domain. A “Whois Lookup” search lists the owner as Domains by Proxy LLC, a company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mansoor is seeking unspecified financial damages and return of the domain name.
The porn review site was live since early 2016, but the lawsuit states Mansoor didn’t notice the change until last spring, when he prepared to run for City Council. He was elected in November to return to the council, where he also served from 2002 to 2010.
Mansoor established the website in 2002, ahead of his first council bid. He maintained the domain during his stints on the council and in the state Assembly.
The lawsuit doesn’t name anyone who might have taken over the site, but it says that whoever did may be a political opponent of Mansoor’s.
Mansoor, a Republican, has waged a series of contentious campaigns and has “been outspoken on many controversial public issues,” the lawsuit states. “There are many people, known or unknown, who would like to embarrass him as retribution for his public actions.”
Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/
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