A website called Celeb Jihad published the private photos, which reportedly included nude images of Seyfried, on Wednesday.
"As you acknowledge on your website, these photographs are believed to have been leaked, i.e., wrongfully obtained by a third party or parties without Ms. Seyfried’s knowledge or consent," the letter reads. "Your unauthorized use and distribution of the Seyfried Photographs constitutes, at a minimum, copyright infringement, violation of Ms. Seyfried’s right of privacy under applicable law, and tortious conduct under state and common law."
The letter notes that the leak includes "several very private photographs of Ms. Seyfried either in various states of nudity or in intimate moments with her former boyfriend."
The attorney's letter also asks Celeb Jihad to "preserve all electronic and paper evidence" that's related to the leaked photos.
"Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame," Jennifer Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2014, after her own photos were leaked. "Even people who I know and love say, 'Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.' I don't want to get mad, but at the same time I'm thinking, I didn't tell you that you could look at my naked body."
Lawrence's statement perfectly sums up what's wrong with looking at these images. Leaking the photos is terrible, but so is viewing them — it's an invasion of privacy, plain and simple.
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