Celebrities Threaten To Sue Google For Not Removing Stolen Nude Images
Google is about to face the wrath of celebrities whose nude images were stolen last month.
Martin Singer, an attorney at Lavely & Singer in Los Angeles, said that Google’s conduct was “despicable [and] reprehensible” when it did not “act expeditiously and responsibly to remove” images stolen in a massive breach of celebrities’ iCloud accounts. Singer represents “over a dozen female celebrities, actresses, models, and athletes” who were victims of the scandal.
“Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” Singer wrote in a letter to Google’s executives, including CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. “As a result of your blatantly unethical behavior, Google is expected to significant liability and both compensatory and punitive damages that could well exceed $100 million.”
A Google spokesperson provided VentureBreak with the following statement:
We’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures — within hours of the requests being made — and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.