Katharine McPhee, 33, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Tuesday. She is fighting back against a website that published private and intimate photos of her after her phone was hacked.
“I was hacked sometime in the last few years, and along with other celebrities a few days ago, my private photos were blasted all over some sick and despicable websites,” Katharine McPhee tells PEOPLE magazine. “The photos that are mine I am not ashamed of. I love my body and they were taken for a man I was deeply in love with, or for no one but myself. But what is also truly disgusting is that all these sites include photos that do not belong to me, and are not of my body, and I’ve learned this happens continually.”
The actor and singer currently has no specified charges. In her documents she allege says she experienced “horror, shock, shame, mortification, hurt feelings, depression and feelings of powerlessness” following the publication of her private images.
McPhee also claims in the court documents that she “had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the photographs on he telephone and iCloud.”
“The constant exploitation of women with no recourses for these websites is absolutely abhorrent.” She continues in her statement to PEOPLE, “These sites, which TMZ brings more light and attention to by calling them out by name, should be shut down. Period. The end. Even if you aren’t, you are an accessory and should be shut down. Laws need to be changed. “
“I am not perfect,” Katharine McPhee concludes her statement to PEOPLE “I never have been and never will be. I try every day to learn to be better and to always live and lead with kindness and love. But no one deserves this kind of intrusion. I have other friends on these sites, images and videos that were stolen and they cannot get taken down. This is not just a celebrity issue. This is a privacy and sex crime issue that affects private citizens as well. I hope other female victims and men for that matter, will help and join me in ending this absurdity. Game on.”