Tiziana Cantone: Mother so distraught she had to be carried into her daughter's funeral

The authorities have launched an investigation into the death, looking at possible charges of instigating suicide 

Will Worley
Saturday 17 September 2016 16:56
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A man carries Teresa Giglio, the mother of Tiziana Cantone, into her daughter's funeral
A man carries Teresa Giglio, the mother of Tiziana Cantone, into her daughter's funeral

The mother of Tiziana Cantone, an Italian woman who killed herself after her sex tape went viral, was so distraught at her daughter’s funeral that she had to be carried into the ceremony.

Maria Teresa Giglio was pictured in the arms of another mourner into church.

Ms Cantone’s death has caused shockwaves in Italy and reignited the debate surrounding revenge porn and online shaming.

Her family have expressed their desire for change and pleaded officials “to act so that her death was not in vain.”

Four people have now been questioned by the police, according to local media, after a criminal investigation was launched by the Italian authorities.

Chief prosecutor Francesco Greco said on Friday that the investigation into possible charges of instigating suicide was being coordinated with another probe based on a defamation complaint Ms Cantone brought against four individuals last year.

Besides the defamation complaint, Ms Cantone also went to a civil court seeking to have the video removed for violation of privacy, but she won only a partial victory and was ordered to pay court costs of €20,000 (£17,160).

The coffin of Tiziana Cantone being carried out of a church at the end of her funeral service in Casalnuovo, Naples, Italy

Ms Cantone is said to have sent six different videos, including one of her performing a sex act on a man, to a handful of acquaintances whom she trusted.

Tormented after the footage went viral, she changed her name, moved out of her house, and launched a successful 'right to be forgotten' legal case forcing Facebook to take down the abusive posts.

Explicit footage of her was first uploaded to the internet in spring 2015.

The images and videos began to appear on porn sites and spread virally on social media, along with jeering comments, edited screenshots and cruel video parodies, many using her full name.

“It is once again a woman who is the target of violence and hate,“ said Elena Centemero, an MP for the centre right Forza Italia party, according to the ANSA news agency.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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