2014 Recap: FBI Investigates Leaked Nude Photos, Including Upton and Verlander

December 30, 2014, 7:15 AM


The No. 2 spot of highest readership this year is earned by a Sept. 1 report about a risqué selfie. Check back New Year’s Eve for the top-read article of 2014.

Earlier installments of the Top 10 list are linked to at the end.

The latest in the scandal involving leaked nude celebrity photos of Kate Upton, Justin Verlander and other celebrities:

The FBI says it is investigating the scandal and accusations that online accounts were hacked, according to USA Today. The photos, which ended up on the Internet, also included Jennifer Lawrence.

Apple is investigating whether iCloud accounts were compromised, the Associated Press reports.

Upton's lawyer issued a similar statement to Us magazine: "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."

Deadspin was among the first to post a nude selfie of Upton and Verlander.

Original article, Aug. 31:

The website Gawker reports that a hacker has gotten a hold of a host of celebrity nude photos including what looks like Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and superstar model Kate Upton.

The website reports that photos started appearing online around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Deadspin, another site, writes:

Some, like Jennifer Lawrence's, were confirmed to be real; others were disputed and debunked as fake. Among them were a series of photos featuring two people who look an awful lot like—and almost certainly are, though for obvious reasons we feel it necessary to do some hand-waving here—Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and supermodel Kate Upton.

Top 10 Countdown so far

10. ’Ballsy’_Cadillac_Ad_During_Oscars_Stirs_Debate_About_its_Politics, March 2

9. Dan Gilbert’s Graffiti_’Degenerates’ Identified_as_Grosse_Pointe_Teens, July 1

8. A Detroit Dance_Called_’the_Jit’_Is_Subject_of_New_Documentary, Jan. 3

7. Detroiters_Reach_Back_to_Say_on_Social_Media: ‘I’m_So_Detroit I . . .’, July 17

6. ’Topless_Prophet’ Is_the_Latest_Ddetroit_TV Series, Oct. 9  

5. Detroit_Pupils’ Video_of_’Happy’ Goes_Viral, March 15

4. Ben_Affleck_Trades_in_Kapanese_Cars_for_GM_and_Ford_Autos, June 29

3. In a Bathrobe, Charlie_LeDuff_Moves_in_on_Detroit_Squatter, Nov. 6

Read more:  Deadspin

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