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‘Most hated man on the internet’ doc looks at Hunter Moore

Kayla Laws’ heart immediately dropped when she received an unexpected emergency call from an off-duty co-worker during her part-time waitressing job in January 2012. 

The woman on the other end of the phone regretfully informed the then-24-year-old aspiring actress that her topless photo had been plastered all over a website called IsAnyoneUp.com.

“She says, ‘Hey, I’m really sorry. But you’re on this website [that’s] basically a website of nude photos,” recalls Laws in the Netflix documentary “The Most Hated Man on the Internet,” out Wednesday. 

The three-part series from Alex Marengo, producer of docs “Bad Sport” and “Killer Ratings,” recounts “king of revenge porn” Hunter Moore’s staggering rise to and shameful fall from digital eminence after launching IsAnyoneUp, or IAU, in the early 2010s. 

Kayla Laws immediately called her mom Charlotte for help after learning that her topless photo had been wrongfully shared on Hunter Moore's revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp.com.
Kayla Laws immediately called her mom, Charlotte, for help after learning that her topless photo had been shared on Hunter Moore’s revenge porn site, IsAnyoneUp.com, without her permission.
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“I was racking my brain. Like, how could I be on this website?” continues a woeful Laws, now 35 and living in Los Angeles. She adds, however, that in the days prior to the leak, her private email account had been hacked. “It was embarrassing. I never intended to show anyone the pictures.” 

Little did the blond belle know that she was just one of countless pawns in Moore’s twisted Internet games, which included an email-hacking scheme and mass photo piracy. In a clip featured in the doc, the now-36-year-old describes his website as a place “where revengeful exes come for a peace of mind.”

From 2010 to 2012, IAU quickly trended as a major non-consensual pornographic platform. Scorned lovers were encouraged to publicly share nude snapshots of their exes, no permission needed. 

“It all started with me hating some dumb bitch who broke my heart,” Moore, who founded the site at 26, laughs in audio featured in the series. (He did not participate in the documentary or respond to The Post’s request for comment.) “Me and my friends would just post a bunch of girls on IsAnyoneUp, and we just got a bunch of traffic one day. And I was like, ‘Yo, I can make money off of t—ies and f- -king people over.’”

Moore apathetically shared thousands of X-rated images featuring non-consenting people who often begged him to remove their photos from his website.
Moore shared thousands of X-rated images featuring non-consenting people who often begged him to remove their photos from his website.
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His ex-girlfriend Kirra Hughes, however, expresses deep contrition for failing to put an end to the “king’s” filth-fueled reign of terror when she had the chance. 

“I just thought it was bizarre. I just never fully grasped what was going on,” says Hughes, now 31, of the man she began dating at the tender age of 18.

“I feel ashamed and upset. I just wish I had known better at the time,” she sobs on-camera. The towhead tearfully remembers discovering a hidden folder of private Facebook messages from forlorn men and women begging her to convince her then-powerful paramour to delete their explicit snaps. 

Hughes says she's ashamed of her inability to stop Moore from degrading people on his smut site.
Hughes says she’s ashamed of her inability to stop Moore from degrading people on his smut site.
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“One of my biggest regrets is not speaking up when I had a voice,” she weeps. 

Mom of two Destiny Benedict, 29, also rues getting too close to Moore. 

In early 2012, when she was just 19, Benedict skyrocketed to internet infamy after promising to supply IAU with a series of graphic photos if Moore agreed to remove a screenshot of her Facebook profile, which featured an image of her small children, from his raunchy site. 

As a trademark of his brand, Moore made a habit of adding a picture of his revenge porn victims’ social media pages alongside their uncensored photos.  

“You can post pictures of random boobs and penises all day,” he quips. “But adding that social network to it just brings it to a whole other level.”

Benedict was in the minority of Moore’s victims: Despite feeling under duress, she actually agreed to have stills of her naked body made public on IAU. 

Benedict undesirably earned the nickname "Butthole Girl" after posing in a series of degrading photos in the hopes that Moore would remove a picture of her kids from his porn-fueled site.
Benedict undesirably earned the nickname “Butthole Girl” after posing in a series of degrading photos in the hopes that Moore would remove a picture of her kids from his porn-fueled site.
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Laws, on the other hand, was “absolutely disgusted” when her intimate shots made their unauthorized debut. And her mother, Charlotte, hearing the anguish in her only child’s voice, made it her mission to not only take down the offending images, but Moore’s larger smut empire too.  

“My daughter felt violated and shamed,” Charlotte, 62, also from Los Angeles, told The Post. “She was emotionally battered.”

In the film, Kayla claims she’d snapped the risqué frame on her cellphone in the privacy of her bedroom and had never sent it to anyone but herself via email. 

Immediately, the mom-and-daughter duo sent Moore an abject plea via email, insisting the shirtless snap be erased. 

But the petition fell on deaf ears, and the photo remained on the site. Charlotte, a former private investigator who was then working in real estate, went to war on behalf of her daughter.

Charlotte became obsessed with ending Moore's abuse of women and the internet.
Charlotte became obsessed with ending Moore’s abuse of women on the internet.
courtesy of Charlotte Laws

She presented the issue to the LAPD, explaining the hack and the subsequent IAU posting to a female detective. However, according to Charlotte, the officer victim-blamed Kayla for taking the lusty pinup rather than helping.

The warrior mom then contacted the FBI, but agents weren’t in a rush to help at the time. 

As days passed without a resolution or law enforcement intervention, Kayla was inundated with crude messages from men who had seen her picture. Charlotte told The Post that disgraced porn star Ron Jeremy, 69 — who, in August 2021, was indicted on 34 counts of sexual assault — even contacted her daughter hoping to “talk business.” (Representatives for Jeremy did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.)  

Desperate to bring Moore to his knees, Charlotte enlisted the litigious prowess of her husband and Kayla’s stepfather, Charles, a California lawyer. Kayla had initially been too embarrassed to involve him. Charles leveled a stern ultimatum at Moore, via the web master’s former attorney Reza Sina, and Kayla’s likeness was removed from IAU. 

While Kayla was thrilled that her private selfie had been deleted, Charlotte still wanted justice.
While Kayla was thrilled that her private selfie had been deleted, Charlotte still wanted justice.
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“Finally, it’s removed and I feel this big wave of relief over me,” she says in the film. 

But a still-fuming Charlotte was unwilling to abandon her fight against Moore until he removed every victim’s undressed photo from his site. 

“There was definitely a hacking scheme going on here, and I had to get to the bottom of it,” Charlotte told The Post, adding that one of Kayla’s friends had also been hacked and was involuntary featured on IAU. 

“It was so painful for so many victims,” she said. 

The tenacious mother had contacted over 40 of Moore’s victims — 40% of whom were robbed of their intimate pics by a then-unknown email phisher. 

“And these victims weren’t all gorgeous 20-year-olds,” Charlotte said. “There were some women over 60, there were people who weighed over 250 pounds, and there was even a blind paraplegic.”

“And those unflattering pictures were destroying their lives,” she added. “It could have drove people to commit suicide.”

Charlotte refused to rest until Moore's site was completely demolished.
Charlotte refused to rest until Moore’s site was completely demolished.
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But Moore, who’d amassed a ferociously devout social media cult known as “The Family,” apathetically continued blasting the ill-gotten nudes and arrogantly flaunting the growing success of his brand. 

According to the film, at the peak of his boom, Moore bragged of raking in over $13,000 a month for victimizing his tormented targets.  

“If someone killed themselves over my site would you hate me or love me more?,” he asked the Family via Twitter, per a screenshot in the doc. Members of the loyal following referred to Moore as Father and revered him a god. In response to his dark tweet, a zealot wrote: “Let them kill themselves!!!”

The brazen bully often threatened folks who opposed his mischievousness with physical harm — and the digital abuse was celebrated by his faithful followers.  

“If you try to sue me I’ll make f–ing fun of you,” Moore vows in audio included in the film. “If you come to my house and try to serve me, I’ll put your f–king address out there [online], and my audience loves that s–t.”

But Charlotte was undeterred. 

“I was literally obsessed with getting this website down,” she told The Post. “I was neglecting work. I wasn’t doing anything except this.”

Charlotte fearlessly went up against Moore and his legion on followers despite their vows to do her physical harm.
Charlotte fearlessly went up against Moore and his legion of followers despite their vows to do her physical harm.
courtesy of Charlotte Laws

And after Moore made an ill-fated appearance on Anderson Cooper’s talk show — during which he blamed women for posing in sexy pictures and refused responsibility for the trauma they endured after being exposed on his site — the FBI joined her mission to end his IAU dominion. 

In March 2012, Agent Jeff Kirkpatrick helmed what would be a two-year investigation into Moore’s hacking scheme. 

“While revenge porn wasn’t illegal, hacking definitely was, and it gave us enough to start an investigation,” says Kirkpatrick in the doc. 

Amid the FBI’s probe, Moore sold the domain to Marine-turned-web whiz James McGibney for less than $12,000. McGibney says the fire sale occurred because Moore feared he’d face jail time for posting illicit shots of underage girls as young as 15.

McGibney masterfully transformed the filth hub into an anti-bullying website called Bullyville. He also forced Moore to pen a public apology to those he victimized. 

For her part, Charlotte provided the FBI with the names of the victims who’d claimed their nudes were shared on IAU shortly after their emails had been breeched. 

Meanwhile, she was arming herself with metal rods and securing the entrances of her house with padlocks from Home Depot, fearing Moore’s minions might make good on their digital vows to rape and kill her and Kayla for going against their cyber savior. 

She even confronted a curly haired male “stalker” who repeatedly cased her house on their private cul-de-sac amid her beef with Moore. In a dangerous attempt to signify to Moore that she wasn’t afraid of him or his lemmings, Charlotte tweeted the porn purveyor’s home address to her thousands of followers.

Despite receiving death threats, Charlotte continued working with the FBI in effort to take Moore down.
Despite receiving death threats, Charlotte continued working with the FBI in an effort to take Moore down.
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Through research, Kirkpatrick unearthed the hacker’s email address and traced it back to a man named Charlie Evans, then 26. 

The FBI determined that Moore had hired Evans, from Studio City, Calif., to break into email accounts in search of sexy snapshots for $200 a week. 

On Jan. 24, 2014, both men were arrested. Moore ultimately took a plea deal, copping to one count of unauthorized access to a computer system to obtain information and one count of aggregated identity theft. He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Evans pleaded guilty to the same counts and was handed 25 months. 

And while justice was served, Charlotte doesn’t feel Moore’s punishment fit his crimes. 

“It was sort of like arresting Jack the Ripper and giving him community service. It was a little bit pathetic,” she said, adding that the judge also banned him from social media.

Moore pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
Moore pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
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Moore was released from from the Federal Correctional Institution Beaumont, in Texas, in May 2017, and currently has an active Twitter account.

In 2018, he self-published a personal tell-all entitled “Is Anyone Up?!: The Story of Revenge Porn,” in which he shares his version of the events. He’s otherwise remained quiet about his notorious past.

However, on July 15, Moore retweeted the trailer of the Netflix documentary, in which his victims detail their humiliation. Attached to the tweet Moore wrote “LOL,” and emphasized his indifference with the shrugging-man emoji. 

“He has the same mind that he had pre-prison,” said Charlotte, who’s since facilitated the passing of laws against intimate-image abuse in 48 states.

“[Moore] believes that tearing other people down will build him up, and it’s very sad,” the fearless activist said. “He’s going to be a shell of a person if he keeps that mindset.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/26/most-hated-man-on-the-internet-doc-looks-at-hunter-moore/ ‘Most hated man on the internet’ doc looks at Hunter Moore

Emma Bowman

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