An attorney representing more than a dozen female stars who were targeted in the Hollywood hacking scandal has written a legal letter to bosses of Internet search engine Google urging them to help remove the snaps from the web.
Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson, Amber Heard and Rihanna are among the celebrities who were targeted by hackers who broke into cloud storage devices and stole saucy photographs which were leaked online.
Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer is representing more than 12 women who were affected by the scandal, and he has written a strongly-worded letter to Google bosses Larry Page and Sergey Brin accusing them of failing to do enough to remove the images from the web.
In the letter, obtained by New York Post gossip column “Page Six,” he writes:
“(Google has failed) to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct. Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women… Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights… Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations… because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights you do nothing – nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue… as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the scandal after the leaked pictures first hit the Internet in August.
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