Katharine McPhee Has Filed Lawsuit Against Websites Publishing Her Nude Pics After Hack

Katharine McPhee Has Filed Lawsuit Against Websites Publishing Her Nude Pics After Hack

The 'American Idol' alum is seeking unspecified damages from the websites that published the intimate pictures stolen by hacker from her phone.
Katharine McPhee has started legal action against websites that published the intimate pictures stolen from her cell phone. The 33-year-old actress/singer filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County. She is seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

The star was referred to as "Jane Doe" in the legal papers. She "had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the photographs on her telephone and iCloud." She suffered from "horror, shock, shame, mortification, hurt feelings, depression and feelings of powerlessness" when the photos were spread on the internet.

"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 told 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."

"The constant exploitation of women with no recourse for these websites is absolutely abhorrent," she added. "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."

"I am not perfect," she went on. "I never have been and never will be. I try every day to learn to be better and to always live and lead with kindness and love. But no one deserves this kind of intrusion. I have other friends on these sites, images and videos that were stolen and they cannot get taken down. This is not just a celebrity issue. This is a privacy and sex crime issue that affects private citizens as well. I hope other female victims and men for that matter, will help and join me in ending this absurdity. Game on."

Katharine McPhee was not the only victim of the recent celebrity photo hack. The hacker(s) also targeted Kristen Stewart & girlfriend Stella Maxwell, Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn. They all fought back as well, sending takedown notices to websites publishing their racy images.

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