Wedding planner Tristan Moy, 33, (pictured) has revealed the Facebook trolling comment that tipped her over the edge
A Bali wedding planner who sued two Facebook trolls for $150,000 has revealed the moment she decided to take legal action against the women.
But she suffered ‘hurt and humiliation’ when two Australian women began posting salacious comments about her and her business on Facebook in 2017.
They included accusations Ms Moy was unprofessional, bullied her clients and would try ruin her client’s weddings.
Those women were makeup artist Stacey Lee Isaac, 33, from Notting Hill in Victoria and single mother of-two Kellie Maree Smith, 32, from Mount Tambourine in Queensland.
Ms Moy said she was confused by the comments, as she had never met Ms Smith and only knew Ms Isaac from when she paid her to do hair and makeup at her own wedding 10 years ago.
But it wasn’t until her children were brought up that Ms Moy decided to sue.
‘There was a comment on my parenting skills and my child and when they brought that into it, as a mother I was not going to tolerate that,’ she told A Current Affair.
Ms Moy (pictured right), from Brisbane, moved to Indonesia in 2014 to run a business arranging Bali weddings for Australian tourists. Her business was targeted in 2017
The pair were ordered to pay a combined $150,000 for their 10 defamatory Facebook posts, which Ms Moy said had devastated her reputation.
‘These girls have tarnished my name and tarnished my reputation, we’ve lost business over it, can’t even count how much money we would have lost in business,’ she said.
Ms Moy also argued that Ms Smith launched the attacks to help Ms Isaac’s emerging wedding planning business at a defamation hearing in early November.
But Ms Isaac denied those allegations, instead claiming outside of court that she was being sued because she had matched with Ms Moy’s then–husband on Tinder.
In an affidavit Ms Moy said she was ‘devastated to read’ her husband at the time had met Ms Isaac on Tinder.
Stacey Lee Isaac (pictured) was the owner and administrator of a bridal Facebook page with more than 1000 followers where most of the defamatory comments were made
Single mother of-two Kellie Maree Smith, 32, (pictured) from Mount Tambourine in Queensland, also claimed Ms Moy was unprofessional and would try to ruin client’s weddings
Ms Isaac was the owner and administrator of a bridal Facebook page with more than 1,000 followers, which is where most of the defamatory comments were made, reported the Sunday Mail.
She worked as a makeup artist in Melbourne and ran three businesses ‘Bali Edge’, ‘Illuminating Moments Bali’ and Bali Snaps Photobook’ – and shared a post criticising Ms Moy’s business.
‘I know I for sure wouldn’t hire someone to plan my wedding day who would sabotage another brides wedding day,’ she wrote.
She also implied the wedding planner had gotten Ms Isaac deported from Bali.
While a post by Ms Smith directly accused Ms Moy of ruining her own wedding, by trying to get the venue cancelled.
That was despite Ms Smith not having used Ms Moy’s wedding planning services.
Ms Smith (pictured) made seven posts about Ms Moy’s wedding business, including one accusing her of trying to ruin her own wedding by getting her venue cancelled
Ms Smith was ordered pay $50,000 plus $9750 interest for the defamatory comments
Ms Isaac posted a total of four defamatory posts on the Facebook group between 2017 and 2018, even after the lawsuit was filed. Ms Smith made seven posts.
Ms Smith said there was no way’ she could afford to pay the $50,000 plus $9,750 interest for her part in the saga.
She said it would send her bankrupt.
Ms Isaac said she ‘felt sick to her stomach’ after hearing she had to pay $100,000 in damages over the incident.
The makeup artist endured a harsher penalty because she had made another defamatory post in 2018 after the lawsuit was lodged.
But Ms Isaac plans to appeal the ruling after admitting the harsh penalty would make her lose everything.
‘I don’t think its fair that my life is going to be destroyed over this,’ she told the Sunday Mail.
Ms Isaac (pictured above) plans to appeal the ruling ordering her to pay $100,000
Ms Moy (pictured) said the false posts had ‘tarnished’ her reputation and business
Ms Moy’s solicitor, Australian Law Partners’ Duke Myrteza, said the case is a warning to keyboard warriors about what they say online.
‘I expect there will be many more cases involving Facebook posts before our courts in the future,’ he said.
‘This case is a clear warning to everybody who uses Facebook or other social media platforms that anything defamatory you post online can have serious consequences.’
The daughter of rugby league legend Mark Geyer, Montanna Geyer, 24, (pictured together) won a defamation on Friday over false claims she had featured in a high profile sex tape.
It comes after the daughter of rugby league legend Mark Geyer won a defamation on Friday over false claims she had featured in a high profile sex tape.
Montanna Geyer, 24, was slandered by aspiring journalist and sports fan Fouad Ghosn, 24, on the NRL Memes Facebook page.
The page wrongly claimed in March 2019 Ms Geyer was the woman in a sex video with player Tyrone May.
But a jury found otherwise on Friday evening – with Mark Geyer telling Daily Mail Australia his daughter’s name had been cleared.
‘It’s a line in the sand,’ Geyer said.
‘Every action has a reaction and you can’t just say things about people behind a keyboard and get away with it.’