Amanda Seyfried is planning legal action over naked photos said to have been leaked online, some of which include "intimate moments" of the actress with her ex-boyfriend.
TMZ is reporting that Seyfried's lawyers have sent a letter to the gossip website Celeb Jihad, demanding that the images be taken down.
"It recently has come to our client’s attention that, without the authorization of our client or the copyright holder, several very private photographs of Ms. Seyfried either in various states of nudity or in intimate moments with her former boyfriend (the “Seyfried Photographs”) have been reproduced and posted," the letter reads.
"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," it continues.
"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. On behalf of our client, we hereby demand that you immediately and permanently (i) cease and desist any use of the Seyfried Photographs, and (ii) remove the Seyfried Photographs from your website."
Seyfried – who has starred in films such as Mean Girls, While We're Young and Mamma Mia! – is not the only celebrity to be the victim of photo hacking this week.
"Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further," her publicist said in a statement to Variety and the BBC.
Meanwhile another Hollywood actress Mischa Barton has spoken out about someone trying to sell a sex tape of her in an attempt to prevent other women suffering the same "pain and humiliation".
The British-born actress held a news conference in Los Angeles after her lawyers obtained a court restraining order preventing publication of the video, which was recorded without her consent, and stills. Barton, best known for starring in teen drama The OC, said: "I came forward to fight this not only for myself but for all the women out there. I want to protect them from the pain and humiliation that I have had to go through. No woman should have to go through this."
According to Barton's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, the video was recorded in the last year by someone she had a relationship with, and had been offered for sale to the highest bidder.