Report: Maroney sues over hacking

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is reportedly a part of the online hacking scandal that has recently affected movie celebrities and other athletes like Justin Verlander.

According to TMZ, a lawyer for Maroney says nude photos that were allegedly hacked from her account and posted to the Internet were taken when she was under the age of 18, constituting the material to be child pornography. Lawyers representing the gymnast sent letters to multiple websites, demanding that the photos be taken down since she owns the copyright to the material, TMZ reported. Reddit also sent a warning to users Tuesday, saying all of the alleged hacked photos of Maroney would be deleted.

Maroney, who turned 18 this past December, said on Twitter that the photos were fake.

Verlander, his girlfriend, model Kate Upton, and other celebrities, including Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, allegedly had photos stolen and posted online. The FBI has begun an investigation.

Maroney was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics and also won silver in the vault in London.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.