Lindsey Vonn is seeing red after a website posted nude photos of her and ex Tiger Woods that were allegedly hacked from her cellphone, and she’s not alone.
Vonn’s photos — as well as nude pics of stars such as Katharine McPhee, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell — were recently posted on a celebrity website, and Vonn is vowing to fight back.
“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos,” a rep for Vonn tells People.
“Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law.”
The photos, reports People, were taken several years ago when Woods and Vonn were dating.
Woods is also not happy about having his personal photos made public on the website, with TMZ reporting the pro golfer has already unleashed his attorney on the site, “threatening to sue” if the photos aren’t removed immediately.
TMZ reports McPhee, Stewart and Maxwell have all lawyered up. The latter two are reportedly demanding several websites remove leaked photos of them. Stewart’s lawyer, Scott Whitehead, allegedly claims the publishing of the photos are a violation of copyright laws and that Stewart and Maxwell own the rights to their own images.
McPhee confirms that she’s involving her attorneys, telling People that while she’s not ashamed of her nude photos, she’s understandably upset that these private photos were published on a website.
“I was hacked sometime in the last few years, and along with other celebrities a few days ago, my private photos were blasted all over some sick and despicable websites,” McPhee tells People. “The photos that are mine I am not ashamed of. I love my body and they were taken for a man I was deeply in love with, or for no one but myself. But what is also truly disgusting is that these sites include photos that do not belong to me, and are not of my body, and I’ve learned this happens continually.”
According to People, the “Scorpion” star has launched a lawsuit against the publishers of the photos — identified as “Roe Corp.” — seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief, alleging she experienced “horror, shock, shame, mortification, hurt feelings, depression and feelings of powerlessness” after her private photos were published.
In the court documents, McPhee also claims the she “had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the photographs on her telephone and iCloud,” adding: “The constant exploitation of women with no recourse for these websites is absolutely abhorrent. These sites, which TMZ (thank you so much) brings more light and attention to by calling them out by name (shame on you), should be shut down. Period. The end. Even if you aren’t the one hacking, if you have taken stolen photos and put them on your site, you are an accessory and should be shut down. Laws need to be changed.”