Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney reportedly has taken legal action over nude pictures allegedly hacked from her account over the weekend, claiming that she was underage when they were taken.
TMZ reported late Tuesday that an attorney for the double Olympic medalist contacted the website Porn.com, which had posted the images, and demanded that they be removed immediately. A second attorney contacted other sites claiming that Maroney owned the copyright on the photos.
A representative for Porn.com told TMZ that the pictures of Maroney were taken down after they received the letter from her attorney. The gymnast turned 18 this past December.
Maroney had previously claimed that the pictures were not her at all. However, Reddit, where her images, along with nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton and several other stars, were posted, has told users to stop posting Maroney's alleged pics, because if they are real, she is underage in them.
Maroney had tweeted: “the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give ‘the creator’ the time of day…” She added a photo of Jesus to the post with the caption “You sir, need Jesus.”
She later thanked her fans for believing her, writing, “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.”
But on Tuesday Reddit sent a message to its users stating: "Effective immediately: any images/galleries/torrents/megadumps/etc containing McKayla Maroney or Liz Lee will be immediately due to the fact that they were underage (<18) in the photos taken."
The site said Lee "was not part of the leaks, but people have been posting her images anyways. Liz's pictures were taken in 2007 when she was 16 years old by an ex of hers."
The site said images of both would be considered child pornography.
Maroney, 18, was a member of the gold-medal winning 2012 US Olympics gymnastics team.
Her teammate Alexandra Raisman tweeted about the photo leak on Monday, writing, "This scandal is not a joke and it is upsetting that an invasion of privacy results in entertainment for some. Please respect the fact that the photos were private and not for the whole world to see. My heart is broken for the women who were violated."
The FBI and Apple said Monday they are beginning inquiries into allegations that online accounts of celebrities were hacked, after naked photos of some A-list stars were posted online.
The FBI said in a statement it is "aware" of the hacking allegations and is "addressing the matter."
The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos.