Nude photos of female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead surfaced online in early September, and some of those photos are still showing up on various websites — but attorney Martin Singer is trying to change that.
In a letter addressed to Google’s co-founders, among others associated with Google and YouTube, Singer calls Google’s failure to remove these photos from its search engine results “unlawful” and “despicable, reprehensible” conduct. “This is unconscionable,” Singer writes, “especially for a company that boasts that its conduct should be ‘measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.'”
“Google knows that 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 and basic human decency,” Singer says. He goes on to demand that Google suspends any websites hosting the photos, threatening that Google could be liable for more than $100 million in damages.
Google, however, claims they’ve been busy removing the photos. “We’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures—within hours of the requests being made—and we have closed hundreds of accounts,” a spokesperson for the company tells EW. “The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”