A new hack targeting celebrities has resulted in the release of nude photos of Katharine McPhee, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Stella Maxwell and other stars, along with pics of Tiger Woods and his former girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, TMZ reports.
The graphic selfies were posted on a website, prompting Woods and others to threaten legal action.
“We’ve learned Woods has already unleashed attorney Michael Holtz, who’s threatening to sue the site if it doesn’t remove the Woods photo STAT,” TMZ reports, adding: “Sources tell TMZ … it wasn’t Tiger’s phone that was hacked, it was Vonn’s. We’re told Tiger had sent Vonn the naked pic while they were dating.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that the photos were posted on what the Times calls “a celebrity smut site.”
A rep for Vonn is quoted saying: “It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos, Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests.”
The Times adds: “The most notorious celebrity-photo compromise so far has been referred to as ‘Celebgate,’ where Jennifer Lawrence was among the victims, along with Kaley Cuoco, Amber Heard and others.”
The report notes that a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2016 in connection with the Celebgate incident.