More than a dozen celebrities whose nude photos were leaked since August 31 have united to threaten Google with a $100 million lawsuit for not taking down the hacked pics from their search engine and other sites.
In a scathing letter sent to the company by attorney Marty Singer, the celebs accused Google of ‘despicable, reprehensible conduct in not only failing 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 letter continued. ‘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 by stealing and displaying confidential private photos and videos (most of which depict the women in private settings, while nude or semi-nude, engaging in private intimate conduct) without the permission of the owners of the Images. Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations, or to limit the Images from appearing in Google search results.’
According to Singer, the company must remove the photos from their sites, as well as penalize any other website that posted the photos.
‘If your wives, daughters or relatives were the victims of such blatant violations of basic human rights, surely you would take appropriate action. But because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights, you do nothing – nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on the scandal rather than quash it,’ Singer said in the letter.
‘Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto is a sham,’ the letter concluded.
Google is yet to respond to the new suit … but it should be noted that the company had previously been sued for similar cases like this and it went nowhere.
Let’s see how this one will play out.