Actor J.P. Manoux's hidden camera violated tenants' rights: Judge
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An actor “wilfully” violated the privacy of his tenants by operating a hidden camera in the Toronto condo he rented to two women, a judge has ruled.
J.P. Manoux, who has appeared in shows such as Community, Veep and ER, was convicted Wednesday of two counts of mischief and will be sentenced Jan. 27.
Manoux “acted wilfully” in violating the privacy of his tenants and interfering with their lawful enjoyment of their home, Justice Rebecca Shamai said in her judgment.
Manoux rented a condo on Queen St. W., near Dufferin St., while waiting for the building of his own unit to be finished.
When he went to work in Los Angeles in December 2014, he sublet the unit to the two victims.
The next month, one victim discovered a web camera in a BluRay player, which Manoux bought to monitor the people in his unit and could access it remotely on his phone or laptop.
Manoux agreed he had kept a surreptitious camera in the apartment and viewed images from the condo a “handful of times.”
He contended he used the cameras to protect against theft after having suffered thefts from previous tenants.
Shamai determined that goal did not override the women’s right to privacy.
Manoux described them not as tenants, but house sitters who were staying temporarily and paying for the convenience.
His tenant agreement with his landlord barred him from subletting without permission, court heard.
Court saw some of the images Manoux captured and they weren’t sexual in nature.
The two victims suspected Manoux was watching them after his text messages revealed that he seemed to know where they were and who was visiting them.
After the women disconnected the camera, Manoux confessed that he installed it and said they could disconnect it while at home.
Shamai said Manoux made this offer only after he concluded his camera was detected. She said he was “frantic” and “desperate.”
Two voyeurism charges against Manoux were dropped in July 2015 after the prosecutor found there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.