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Ariane Friedrich, German High Jumper, Outs Stalker On Facebook

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A German high jumper outed a stalker on Facebook after receiving a lewd email
A German high jumper outed a stalker on Facebook after receiving a lewd email

German high jumper Ariane Friedrich says she's no stranger to unwanted attention from stalkers. Now the athlete has taken matters into her own hands by publicly revealing the identity of the latest person to harass her.

According to Agence France-Presse, the 28-year-old posted the man's name, hometown and address on her Facebook wall after he allegedly emailed Friedrich an image of his genitals.

"It's time to act; it's time to defend myself. And that's what I'm doing. No more and no less," Friedrich wrote on Facebook.

Fans later took to the athlete's Facebook page both praising and criticizing her for the controversial move.

MSNBC explains the an online debate was fueled by Germany's strict online data protection laws which could have legal implications for Friedrich's actions.

Friedrich, who is also a German police officer, also filed formal charges against the man.

With the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner, Friedrich's coaches tried to downplay the incident, according to Der Spiegel.

"The issue has nothing to do with the public," coach Gunter Eisinger told the magazine.