Mischa Barton's legal efforts to block the release of intimate videos of her that were recorded without her consent are heating up.
The actress claims she has proof that former live-in love Adam Spaw has copies of "doctored" tapes in which she's featured: multiple flash drives that he left behind when he moved out of the home they shared.
According to TMZ, the judge pressed Mischa to explain what exactly had been doctored, but she would only say that the recordings weren't originals. (So it's unclear exactly how they'd been edited — if at all.)
TMZ reported in March that it was actually another former beau, Adam's onetime friend Jon Zacharias, who made the recordings of himself and Mischa "having intimate relations." He also allegedly took photos of her naked in the shower and other videos and photos of her unclothed. She broke up with Jon and started dating Adam, who copied the photos and videos and tried to erase them from Jon's computer. But she now believes Adam held onto the copies.
The onetime star of "The O.C." was scheduled to face off against Adam in court on June 30, but he bailed due to a "family illness." His attorney appeared on his behalf.
Mischa is asking for a permanent restraining order against Adam.
TMZ reports that the judge hearing the case set a new court date in July for Adam to respond to the allegations and also reissued Mischa's temporary restraining order.
The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant appeared pleased with the results while greeting the press alongside her lawyer outside the courthouse in video obtained by TMZ.
"We're just very happy with the way the judge ruled today, and we're going to continue to fight this for justice in this case," said the actress, who donned a ruffled white blouse with a gold tassel necklace for her day in court.
"I don't want to say too much about the case further because it's still an ongoing thing at this moment, but I think the judge seems to understand the case and I'm happy for that," she added. "People always should have the right to protect themselves, especially women — anyone, whoever you are — against people who stalk you, make you nervous, try to do things against you, try to release images without your consent."
"I consider this a victory today," she concluded.
Mischa's lawyer echoed the sentiment.
"Let me just begin by saying that we're very appreciative that the court ruled in our favor today," she said. "It's another court victory for Mischa Barton in our continued fight against somebody trying to release explicit images of her without her consent."
"Every woman has the right to control which images of her own body and face should be distributed — we have the right to make that choice," added the lawyer. "Mischa Barton has the right to make that choice. Every woman has the right to make that choice."
Mischa has called the situation with the sex tape, which had allegedly been shopped for $500,000, "emotional blackmail."
But things aren't all bad for the former teen star. She's recently moved on romantically with Australian male model James Abercrombie, who's reportedly the heir to a $574 million fortune.