"ATVN spoke with the student who took the pictures of the USC student having sex on top off Waite Phillips Hall.
The male student who took the pictures from Birnkrant Residential Hall says that he never intended for the pictures to go viral. According to the student, the pictures were first posted on a private Photobucket account. Someone else copied and posted the pictures onto a popular college gossip website.
The student also said that if he could do it all again, he would probably take back his actions of taking these pictures."
The photographer behind the Kappa Sigma USC rooftop scandal photos is now speaking out. A USC Kappa Sigma member and female from another Los Angeles school were captured in pictures atop a USC building last week. But while the pictures have become the biggest news story to hit Los Angeles college campuses this week, the photographer says he never released the pictures to the public.
In fact, the photographer tells news that, if he had the opportunity again, he would not have taken the pictures in the first place.
“There was a girl on our floor that, um, apparently she had been on higher floors and her friends had told her about it” he explains to news this week. “So she came down [to our floor]. She knocked on our doors. We all ran across the hall.”
The photographer said that “there was 10-15 of us [watching it live] … a little of shocked …we thought it was funny …”; but he pulled out his DSLR camera to document the pictures for other people on the floor that missed the couple.
The photographer, who has refused to be identified, took the nearly dozen pictures and put them on a private, password protected account on Photobucket.com “I put them on Photobucket, it was meant for the people of our floor … I originally put them private.”
But by Saturday, the pictures were all over the internet, added to Twitter and Facebook accounts. “Somehow, someone from our floor shared the pictures with someone else. Those pictures got downloaded, put on a different website, and they were sent out to anyone without a password.”
Now the photographer feels guilt about taking the pictures. He tells ATVN that the couple “had [... some] right of privacy …they were in public .. but they still deserved some privacy. They were 18 … they were in public.”
The photographer says he didn’t share the pictures with anyone beyond his floor. “It was not my intention for the pictures to go viral…. I didn’t realize how someone that leaks to the internet it gets so explosive. I didn’t realized that at the time. I wouldn’t do it again. It was unbelievable. My roommates and I were shocked about it.”
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