Moet and Chandon
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Don't mess with the ScarJo.
That's the message Scarlett Johansson's pitbull of an attorney, Martin Singer, is sending to the various gossip sites that have deigned to publish nude self-portraits apparently hacked from the actress's cell phone and leaked online.
Here's what he had to say.
One of the pictures shows a sultry Johansson lying on a bed topless; another finds her posing in front of a mirror exposing her bum.
"The highly personal and private photographs at issue capture our client self-posing in her own home in a state of undress and/or topless," Singer writes. "If you fail to comply, you will be acting at your own peril. Please govern yourselves accordingly."
That's a pretty stern warning—but in case the sites don't get the point, the Oscar-nominated star has the authorities on the case as well.
The FBI has confirmed to E! News it's investigating the possibility that a hacking ring has been breaking into the cell phones and personal email accounts of more than 50 female stars and stealing pictures and videos to leak on the Internet.
Johansson's camp contacted the feds after the unauthorized pics popped up yesterday. She joins a list of celebs including Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato who've allegedly been targeted.
However, after receiving the cease and desist from Singer, Perez Hilton agreed to take them down from his site earlier today, posting a comment stating "photos removed by request."
Additionally, the owner of TheDirty tells E! News that after mulling it over, he decided to comply with the lawyer's demands as well—and for good reason.
"I got a threat letter," site founder Nik Richie says. "It basically said if you keep those pictures on your website, I am going to go after you to the fullest extent and pretty much sue your ass. They were pretty serious about this thing."
Richie says that while he rarely takes down photos, in this instance he felt for Johansson.
"I've been through this a lot and, usually, I am pretty victorious," says Richie. "[But] she got hacked. And she is really serious about her privacy. She took the pictures. And, I don't know, but for some reason I took them down."
The gossip guru says Singer's letter contributed to his decision, though he found the photos to be pretty artistic.
—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum