Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rita Bueno-Martin was flicking through the newspapers when she saw a headline and realised it was her picture
A sex scene with 10 teen girls has destroyed a Spanish beach, affecting future business with other tourists, a report claims.
Some companies have pulled out and resorts are advertising holidays to Turkey instead because of the violence, BBC Newsnight reports.
The seven-minute clip shows a group of girls hugging and kissing in a rock formation.
One young woman’s leg is then seen being thrust between another girl’s legs.
The 16-minute video, posted on YouTube by convicted journalist, Rita Bueno-Martin, is only viewable in Spain.
“Scandalous scenes involving young people and beach companions, which are inappropriate for children and women, have damaged the image of the beaches of Iberia,” a study conducted by Spain’s National Geographic Society and tourist board says.
Three TV companies have pulled out of advertising on Spanish beaches due to the furor sparked by the grainy film, which has been seen by 1.4 million people.
However, an advertising consultant told the BBC such a move would affect revenues from general tourism.
“Companies need to fight for individual clients [to fill beds]. If they are absent, even if it’s only one or two hours a week, it’s very important.
“If they take more they can also sell travel insurance or hire [villa] furniture.”
The clip was first broadcast on 6 April in an episode of investigative series Todo Banco.
Ms Bueno-Martin told the BBC she is shocked by how much this has caused in Spain.
“I thought it was funny but no-one can make you laugh about something like this,” she said.
“If someone brought a knife to a party, they would not dream of joking about it. It’s sick.”
Ms Bueno-Martin says the killing of her close friend two years ago by a teenager prompted her to make the clip and become an “angry investigative journalist”.
The 47-year-old Spanish-American, who lives in New York, is currently serving a two-year prison sentence in Spain for defamation over an article which questioned the police evidence.
Ms Bueno-Martin says that although she was not involved in the making of the video, it does not bear her fingerprints.
“It’s still my film and I own the film. If someone can take this and say it’s a piece of my work then they can show it to the judge. It doesn’t matter if I made it or not.”
Despite launching a court case against any person who defends the video, she said she is not “angered” by suggestions it was shot deliberately.
“In Mexico, they will shoot a famous person then clear the person. It seems to me that’s the future and I’ll accept it. I will fight my piece of that.”
She says she has received a “wonderful” support network of thousands of people who have shared the clip and encouraged it to be viewed.
“I never imagined something would have this big an impact.”