Vanessa Hudgens Nude Photos: Lawsuit Lurks for Those Who Post

Legal experts agree that anyone spreading Hudgens' topless photos could be sued.

ByABC News
August 6, 2009, 6:23 PM

Aug. 7, 2009 — -- Word to the wise: While you may want to share Vanessa Hudgens' topless photos with all your friends and family, you'd be wise not to post them on your blog.

Or your Facebook page. Or your Twitter feed. Or on any square inch of Internet, whether or not it belongs to you.

Legal experts agree that anyone spreading semi-nude photos of the 20-year-old star of the "High School Musical" movies and the upcoming "Bandslam" is liable to face a lawsuit.

Hudgens' legal team tried to hammer home that point earlier this week.

"The photographs that surfaced on various Internet sites yesterday were old photos taken by Ms. Hudgens years ago within her home," Hudgens' attorney, Christopher Wong, told in a statement. According to E! Online, the newly leaked pictures were taken before Hudgens' first nude photo scandal in 2007.

"She was a minor at the time," Wong continued. "We have reason to believe that the photographs were obtained through illegal or improper means and then posted anonymously on the Internet. We asked the blog sites to take them down because posting such photographs of a minor is illegal, improper and offensive, violates her privacy rights, and infringes other legal rights in and to the photos."

Some blogs, including and, obliged. Others, like, still had the photos up as of Thursday evening. If images of Hudgens' naked body were a matter of national importance, the latter group of sites might be in the right.

"If you got a hold of video or photographs of someone in a private situation and it was a matter of breaking news or public concern, then you would be protected in publishing them," explained Ted Boutros, an attorney with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, who is versed in first amendment law.