McKayla Maroney takes legal action over hacked photos, claiming she was underage

September 3, 2014

McKayla Maroney at the 2012 Olympic Games. (Brian Snyder / AP)

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney reportedly has taken legal action over the internet posting of nude pictures, allegedly of her and allegedly hacked from her account.

An attorney for Maroney, TMZ reported, claimed that she was under the age of 18 when they were taken and demanded that the website Porn.com remove them immediately. Another attorney who contacted other sites claimed that Maroney, who turned 18 last December, owns the copyright on the pictures. The photos, a representative for the website told TMZ, were taken down.

On Monday, Maroney tweeted that the photos were “fake” and fended off a Twitter backlash.

Reddit moderators warned users that photos of the gymnast would be deleted, Buzzfeed reported. “It is considered CP [Child Pornography], and breaks reddit’s site-wide rules (in addition to international law, age of consent is different than child pornography guys), and will get this subreddit banned if we were to allow them to be posted [not to mention the fact again, that it is child pornography],” moderators wrote.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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