Katharine McPhee is fighting back.
The actress and singer, 33, issued a statement Wednesday in response to intimate photos of her being published on pornographic websites after her phone got 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,” McPhee tells PEOPLE exclusively. “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 these sites include photos that do not belong to me, and are not of my body, and I’ve learned this happens continually.”
“The constant exploitation of women with no recourse for these websites is absolutely abhorrent,” the Scorpion star continues in her statement. “These sites, which TMZ (thank you so much) brings more light and attention to by calling them out by name (shame on you), should be shut down. Period. The end. Even if you aren’t the one hacking, if you have taken stolen photos and put them on your site, you are an accessory and should be shut down. Laws need to be changed.”
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As the American Idol alum mentions, she isn’t the only celebrity currently taking action against nude photo leaks. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn responded Monday after explicit images of her and ex Tiger Woods were leaked from her personal cellphone.
“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos,” Vonn’s spokesman told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
McPhee hopes that all people, public figures and private citizens alike, affected by similar breaches of privacy can find justice.
“I am not perfect,” she continues in her statement. “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.”