WINCHESTER — A woman who had a nude video of herself stolen from her phone by a Best Buy employee at the company’s Winchester store is suing Best Buy for at least $500,000.
While on a road trip, plaintiff Allison Cardullo visited the store on April 6, 2016, to get her phone fixed, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Winchester Circuit Court. While waiting for the repair to be completed, Cardullo, of Randolph, N.J., contacted her family using an iPad temporarily connected to the same iCloud as the phone.
Cardullo noticed an outgoing multimedia text from her phone to a phone number she didn’t recognize. The lawsuit said it was a previously deleted nude video of herself.
Cardullo complained to store managers and called police. John Carlo Posadas, then an employee of the store’s repair team known as the Geek Squad, admitted he texted the video to his phone after being questioned by police Officer Robin A. Shillinnburg.
Posadas, 24, of the 100 block of Hill Valley Drive in Winchester, was charged with computer trespass. He was convicted in a trial in November of 2016. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of disabling computer software. He received a 30-day suspended sentence and paid a $179 fine.
The lawsuit said the video was copied onto an iPad of the company where Cardullo was employed, which led her to eventually resign from the job. The suit claims the incident led to emotional and financial problems for Cardullo, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.
Cardullo now visits a psychotherapist twice a week and has an emotional support animal that was diagnosed for her by a psychiatrist, the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for “emotional, financial and mental damages.” It said Cardullo’s emotional trauma was compounded by the embarrassment of having to face Posadas in court twice.
“Additionally, she was required to repeat the unfortunate series of events to male store managers, police officers and in a public court of law, much to her shame,” the lawsuit said.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Cardullo wouldn’t comment. Shane Kitzman, a spokesman for the $39.4 billion company, also wouldn’t comment. A Best Buy employee at the Winchester store said Wednesday that Posados no longer works there.
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