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Jennifer Lawrence was one of the celebrities whose nude images were hacked and leaked onlinevia

Google could face $100m lawsuit over celebrity photo hack

The company is accused of ‘profiting from the victimization of women’ by failing to take down the nude images

It might be time for Google to lawyer up. According to Page Six, the company is being threatened with a $100 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to remove the hacked nude images of over a hundred female celebrities and "profiting from the victimization of women".

Top Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer, who represents over a dozen of the women who were targeted in the hack, has accused Google of "blatantly unethical behavior". 

Private photographs from actors, models and singers such as Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna were stolen and posted on 4chan, Reddit and Imgur. The hacking scandal prompted women like Lena Dunham to speak up for the victims, stating that "when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again". 

Singer has written a strongly-worded letter to Google that states that the company failed "to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct. Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women."

The lawyer claims that his firm repeatedly sent notices to Google requesting the company to remove the images, but the photographs can still be seen on Google-owned sites like Blogspot and YouTube.

"Google knows 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... Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations.”

"Because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights you do nothing – nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue... as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it."