The Kardashian family reportedly called in their lawyers after a private photo of Khloe Kardashian started floating around the Internet over the weekend. Soon, the photo began disappearing from the web and social media.
The image, supposedly posted to Khloe's grandmother's Instagram, showed the reality TV star in an animal-print bikini. Gone, however, was the heavy editing and filters that the Kardashians are believed to often use before posting photos of themselves to social media.
Page Six reported that the Kardashian family threatened legal action if the image wasn't taken down.
Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, told Page Six that the family wanted the image off of the Internet because it was unauthorized.
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"The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant," Tracy told the New York Post's gossip section. "Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down."
An insider claims it's fairly common for celebrities and their camps to ask social media accounts to remove images.
One Instagram user apparently shared the picture in question but then took it down "Everything was taken down due to an ip violation," the person wrote without being specific. "I can no longer speak on this issue. I am sorry."
Khloe did post an image to Instagram over the weekend to her own page. In that image, she looked flawless in a purple bikini, which she called "the purple eater."
The image in question can still be found on some social media sites.