City of London worker 'posted mocked-up photos of colleague to porn sites' after she rejected him, court hears

A worker at a top investment management company in the UK posted mocked-up pictures of a female colleague to porn websites when she rejected his romantic advances, a court has heard.

Davide Buccheri, 25, is accused of carrying out "a calculated and malicious" harassment campaign over seven months while working at M&G, in the heart of the City of London.

Prosecutor Aimee Emby told London's Hendon Magistrates' Court that Buccheri took images from his colleague's social media accounts and downloaded pornographic images of women of similar build from the internet before telling her bosses, in a bid to discredit her.

Ms Emby said: "She felt intimidated by his behaviour. The defendant had a considerable romantic interest.

"Following his rejection he pursued an increasingly complex and insidious amount of harassment."

It is claimed Buccheri used the firm's internal whistleblowing system to tell bosses about the images.

Davide Buccheri.

Buccheri, of Bologna, Italy, has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of harassment between September 9 2016 and May 29 2017.

The pictures were allegedly edited and cropped to make them look like the alleged victim before being put in galleries on porn websites.

Buccheri showed an "excessive" interest in the woman after she joined the firm as an intern in June 2016, and they were in touch via the internal messaging system, according to Ms Emby.

The female colleague at first turned Buccheri down when he invited her for a coffee, but later changed her mind.

She then made repeated attempts to postpone the coffee which showed her reluctance to meet him, the court was told.

He also asked for her telephone number but she refused.

Davide Buccheri.

Ms Emby told the court that Buccheri's actions were aimed at "destroying her credibility and reputation and it did cause her harassment, alarm and distress".

Giving evidence from behind a curtain so she would not have to see her alleged harasser, the woman said she had felt "devastated, and extremely surprised" when she saw the images.

She spoke of having an "uneasy feeling" about Buccheri and wanted to keep him at arm's length.

Trying to restart her career after the alleged harassment was "very difficult", she told the court.

Saying that her confidence is "low" she added: "Networking at professional parties with men in the business is hard in trying to trust my instincts."

- PA


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