Divorce New York Style: Why going viral on YOUTUBE may not be a great idea

A few months ago, Tricia Walsh-Smith, an actor and wife of Philip Smith who is president of a bunch of Broadway theatres, went viral on Youtube, complaining about her divorce, her ex husband and a host of other gripes. She claimed that her husband was trying to evict her from their luxury penthouse and made some scandalous revelations about their “private” life as well.
As a divorce attorney in New York, I can appreciate that people get upset at this time in their lives. Nobody likes to get foreclosed (whether it’s their house or their marriage we’re talking about.)
But a YOUTUBE video takes things to another dimension that reflects badly on the person who makes it, and could cause the judge to rule against the “perpetrator,” depending on what is said in the video.
Better to write a tell all book when the proceedings are all done. Although, perhaps that was Ms. Walsh’s whole intent. First, she went viral, created buzz, then after the divorce people will know who she is and buy the tell all which she will write anyway?
Well, it may work out for her. But if you are not a newsworthy person and you don’t have a big platform, I wouldn’t recommend putting your business all over YouTube. I understand how she might have felt powerless and resorted to that out of desperation. But I don’t think it served her, and ultimately, I don’t think it will serve anyone else who takes a similar route.