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McKayla Maroney was underage when leaked photos were taken

McKayla Maroney not impressed

McKayla Maroney was underage when the leaked photos of her were taken, and her legal team is attempting to remove the hacked properties from the internet.

According to TMZ, Maroney’s lawyer contacted Porn.com demanding they remove the photos, which were spread across the internet Sunday as part of a massive leak of hacked celebrity photos. In the letter to the website, the attorney said the Olympic gymnast was underage when the photo was taken. Maroney did not turn 18 until Dec. 9.

Another one of Maroney’s attorneys sent cease and desist letters to other sites demanding that they remove the photos on grounds of copyright infringement, which implies Maroney owns the photos.

These letters are a strong indication that the photos are real, even though Maroney referred to them as “fake” over Twitter early Monday morning.

Though only a few alleged photos of Maroney were leaked, it’s possible some people are in possession of many more. Deadspin posted screenshots of a Facebook conversation between two people that shows one claimed to have possession of many celebrity photos. The conversation took place weeks before the Labor Day weekend leak. At the time, the person claimed to have 95 photos and four videos of Maroney. The sheer amount of photos and video allegedly possessed by the individual is another strong indication that the gymnast’s phone was hacked.

The origins of the leak are still being hotly debated. Speculation is that the photos were obtained by targeted hacks of individual phones or by some insecurities in the iCloud. The perpetrator(s) are likely facing serious legal consequences for their actions.

McKayla Maroney: Leaked nude photo is fake

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney responded to the alleged nude photos of her that were leaked online Sunday and called them fake.

Here’s what Maroney tweeted Monday morning about the photos:

So far that makes Maroney and Victoria Justice saying their photos were not real, while Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead say theirs are real. With so much uncertainty surrounding the photos, they might as well say they are fake.

McKayla Maroney, Hope Solo pictures leaked

McKayla Maroney not impressed

Nude photos of a number of celebrities were leaked onto the web Sunday causing a mass hysteria for obvious reasons. The nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice captured mostly everyone’s attention — no surprise.

The Lawrence nude selfies look like ones she took using her phone. Same deal with Justice, though she at least was smart enough to cover up in the pics (and she denied on Twitter that the pics were real). Lawrence confirmed the photos were of her and her attorneys are acting aggressively.

Kirsten Dunst, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kristen Ritter and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were other actresses/models who had photos leaked.

Two notable athletes were also part of the group: Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and soccer goalie Hope Solo.

Alleged nude photos of Justin Verlander and girlfriend Kate Upton also were leaked.

Maroney later tweeted that the photos of her were fake:

According to BuzzFeed, the photos were obtained through an iCloud leak and posted first on a 4chan forum by someone looking to sell them for bitcoins. The last time celebrity photos leaked onto the web (we’re talking Scarlett Johansson nudes), a guy ended up going to prison for 10 years for hacking into personal accounts.

A word of advice to those considering taking/sending nude photos with their phone: make sure your head/face isn’t in the pic. Do that and you should be safe even if you get hacked.

McKayla Maroney threw out first pitch by doing gymnastics routine (Video)

McKayla Maroney was in Chicago on Friday and threw out the first pitch prior to the White Sox-Twins game, and she put a gymnastics twist on it.

The 18-year-old Olympic gold medalist busted out what looked like a cartwheel and front handspring to bring her about 20 feet away from the plate, and she still threw her pitch out of the zone. But she gets an A for creativity, so we won’t be too harsh on her for the toss.

Plus, like she pointed out on Twitter, she’s already proven she can make the throw from the mound:

Apparently the throw at the Sox game was just her changeup:

We are definitely impressed.

McKayla Maroney White Sox

McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman injured while on tour (Video)

McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman were both hurt during the second night of the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The gold medal winners were performing along with the rest of the “Fierce Five” in Ontario, Calif., when they hurt themselves on the uneven bars Sunday night.

At around the 1:25 mark in the video above, you can see Maroney hurt herself on her dismount from the uneven bars. Maroney stayed down after falling and was carried off the floor. Then around the 1:55 mark, Raisman loses her grip on the bars as she’s finishing a Shaposhnikova move. She was able to walk back and rejoin the group, though neither girl participated in the finale.

USA Gymnastics said that Raisman had bruised knees, while Maroney was in the hospital undergoing testing on her left knee. She even tweeted a picture from the hospital on Monday.

Maroney was later diagnosed with a fractured left tibia.

And this is supposed to be an exhibition tour? It’s never an easy deal when it comes to gymnastics.

Photo via McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney has hired bodyguards

McKayla Maroney’s parents are so worried about the safety of their daughter in light of her recent fame they’ve hired bodyguards to look after her.

The 16-year-old gymnast from Long Beach, Calif., won gold in the team competition at the London Olympics, and she also took silver in the vault — a disappointing finish that led to an Internet meme that went viral. Maroney’s success at the Olympics coupled with the online explosion of her meme has led to tremendous notoriety — some of which is unwanted.

“It has been a bit frightening, we have had marriage proposals,” Maroney’s mother, Erin, told the Daily Mail. “My daughter is 16.

“We have hired specialist security guards to make sure McKayla is never on her own. We don’t want another Shawn Johnson situation to happen.”

Johnson won four medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was involved in a frightening situation with a stalker. Her stalker was arrested in 2009 and found guilty of felony stalking and burglary charges. He was arrested by police in a parking lot in Los Angeles waiting for Johnson outside of her “Dancing With the Stars” studio.

“We know there are some fanatical people out there,” Erin Maroney said. “We’ve had prom date requests, you name it. But McKayla handles it great. She just rolls her eyes at it.”

Maroney has signed with a prominent talent agency and is looking forward to possibly doing some modeling and/or fashion work. It seems like she’s embracing the fame, but at the same time it’s probably smart of her family to take precautions when it comes to her safety.

Photo credit: McKayla Maroney/Twitter

Maroney’s family in on ‘McKayla is not impressed’ meme

The “McKayla is not impressed” meme that went viral last week on the Internet was so powerful that not only has the gold medal-winning gymnast embraced it, but apparently so has her family.

The 16-year-old posted the above photo to her Twitter account on Wednesday along with the note “Look what i came home to on my fire place.. hahaha”

The Internet went wild a few days after Maroney won the silver medal in the vault — an exercise in which she was expected to win gold. Maroney was so upset about finishing second that she had that dejected look on her face after receiving her medal. Folks on the ‘net found it hilarious and began photoshopping her image into many other contexts, leading to a highly amusing collection of pictures seen on this website.

We initially didn’t cover the story feeling that it was poor form to mock a 16-year-old girl for expressing her disappointment about failing on a world stage, capturing a particular face she made in a given second, and then running wild with it, but now that both she and her family seem to have embraced it, we don’t have any remorse.

It’s easy to get upset when everyone is having a laugh at your expense. It’s not easy to let it go and laugh along with the crowd. We give McKayla and her family a lot of credit for making the best of the situation.