The lawyers representing the families of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie engaged in a brief back and forth Wednesday over an image of the 22-year-old woman that appeared on a Yelp page.
Richard Stafford first issued a statement demanding Steven Bertolino – the Laundrie family lawyer – remove an image of Petito that appeared on an unclaimed Yelp business page bearing the latter’s name, that was added by one of the site’s users.
“The family tried to remove their daughter’s picture from your page and were informed that only the business owner can add or remove pictures,” Stafford said. “Furthermore, the Petito and Schmidt family demand that you cease and desist posting pictures of Gabby Petito to any and all of your social media pages, web pages or advertisements in an effort to gain business.”
The photo of Petito later was taken off the Yelp page.
Bertolino then issued a statement to Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones calling the entire episode “sad.”
“I have never used social media or any other electronic platform for advertising other than maintaining a website,” he said, adding that “I would certainly agree with Mr. Stafford that any such post he is referring to should be removed but advise him that I have no control over that Yelp site.”