A lawyer for gymnast McKayla Maroney says the nude images uploaded of the gold-medal-winning athlete were taken when she was underage. The pictures of Maroney were part of a massive leak of similar shots that included pics of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande.
According to TMZ, a lawyer for Maroney, who turned 18 in December, has gotten a popular porn site to removed the leaked pictures after informing them that she was a minor when they were snapped. A different lawyer for the athlete has also reportedly gotten multiple other websites to take the pictures down by claiming that Maroney owns the copyright on the hacked images.
The action came despite claims by Maroney that the photos were fakes.
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ
— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
shout out to my fans for defending me all day long.. even when things got weird u stood by me. and that meant the world
When the pics ended up on Reddit, moderators posted a warning. “The reddit.com site admins have let us know that McKayla Maroney was underage in the photos as well and that we need to remove them. If we don’t remove them, then this subreddit will most likely be banned (very quickly).”
Buzzfeed reported that photos of MTV’s “My Life as Liz” star Liz Lee, taken when she was 16, were also uploaded on the subreddit. “Liz Lee was not part of the leaks, but people have been posting her images anyways,” the Reddit statement noted. “Liz’s pictures were taken in 2007 when she was 16 years old by an ex of hers…Due to this, we will be removing any and all things that contain their images. It is considered CP (Child Pornography), and breaks reddit’s site-wide rules (in addition to international law, age of consent is completely different than child pornography), and will get this subreddit banned if we were to allow them to be posted.”