Petito family demands Laundrie lawyer remove photos of Gabby from Yelp page
UPDATED to add Yelp’s confirmation that the photos have been removed and clarified who can remove them.
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The lawyers for both families in the Gabby Petito case are sniping at each other over the Laundrie family’s lawyer’s Yelp page.
According to a letter from Richard Stafford, the Petito and Schmidt family lawyer, the families are demanding that the Laundrie family lawyer, Steven Bertolino, remove pictures of Gabby from his Yelp page. Yelp is a website that publishes crowd-sourced reviews about businesses.
Stafford’s letter to Bertolino demands that he “cease and desist from posting pictures of Gabby to any of his social media pages, web pages, or advertisements in an effort to drum up business.”
Stafford says the family initially tried to remove the photos themselves, but were informed that only the business owner can do that.
“I am sure this will be taken care of by 2 p.m., or I will take further action on behalf of Gabby’s family,” the letter concludes.
“That’s disgusting,” Bertolino told ABC7 by text. “Just so you know, my website and any review sites that I do not control have been overrun by John Q. Public. Indeed yelp actually shut the site down due to the inordinate amount of fake commenting on it. I have not advertised any sort of business in over 20 years and I would certainly not use this case to drum up any business,” Bertolino said.
Yelp contacted ABC7 Wednesday to say the photos have been removed. Yelp’s Eric Hernandez also clarified that only the reviewer who posted the review, not the business the review is about, can remove content.
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