Katharine McPhee is fighting back. The actress, singer and American Idol runner-up responded about the publication of private images, stolen from her iCloud, after her phone got hacked.
“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,” said McPhee in a statement. “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.”
The Smash star has filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court and seeks unspecified damages alleging that she experienced “horror, shock, shame, mortification, hurt feelings, depression and feelings of powerlessness” following the publication of the private photos. McPhee said tha she “had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the photographs on her telephone and iCloud.”
The actress also called attention to the sites that feature the images, which are stolen property. “The constant exploitation of women with no recourse for these websites is absolutely abhorrent,” she continued in her statement. “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.”
McPhee isn’t the only celebrity taking action against this privacy attack. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn also responded after explicit images of her and ex Tiger Woods were leaked from her cellphone.
Kristen Stewart took legal action against the site that published a nude selfie of the actress with girlfriend Stella Maxwell, after the illegal hack.