“The hackers responsible for these despicable invasions of privacy should be prosecuted, and the websites that post the stolen photographs and videos should be held accountable, too, because they provide a platform for these lowlifes to showcase their ‘work,'” attorney Andrew Brettler, whose firm Lavely & Singer represents a number of the hacking victims, told Variety.
In addition to images of Vonn and Woods, dozens of nude photographs of other celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Katharine McPhee, and Stella Maxwell, were published online on Tuesday.
Lavely & Singer was also successful in getting the photos and videos of other celebrities removed from the site, although the firm declined to name its clients.
A rep for the Olympic skier called the hackers’ act “outrageous and despicable.”
“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos,” Vonn’s rep said in a statement obtained by Variety.
“Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests,” the statement reads. “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.”
According to TMZ, the nude pictures, hacked from Vonn’s cell phone, were taken years ago while Vonn and Woods were dating. The athletes were in a relationship for nearly three years before breaking up in 2015.
These are just the latest celebrities to fall victim to similar hacks. Two men — one from Pennsylvania and the other from Chicago — were sentenced earlier this year in connection with the 2014 celebrity nude photo hack. Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton were among the actresses whose intimate photos were stolen during the iCloud hack.
“It’s scary when you feel the whole world judges you,” she shared. “I think people saw [the hacking] for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. But if you’re human, it’s terrifying.”
Representatives for Cyrus, Stewart, and McPhee didn’t respond to a request for comment.