Jennifer Lawrence on Nude Photo Hacking: ‘It’s Not a Scandal, It’s a Sex Crime’

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Jennifer Lawrence is publicly speaking out for the first time about the August photo hack that saw hundreds of nude celebrity images leaked online.

Breaking her silence in a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Oscar-winning actress decried the invasion of privacy. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she told Vanity Fair’s Sam Kashner. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me.”

While a number of other victims of the leak made public statements after the photos were posted online, Lawrence declined to comment until now, revealing, “every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

In the interview, Lawrence said that even people she knew personally took advantage of the situation. “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”

She added, “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”

Lawrence’s photos were among the first wave of numerous stolen image leaks, with stars including Amber Heard, Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian also reportedly targeted. Reddit eventually closed the thread where many of the photos were being posted, but the countermeasure took days. The pictures were believed to have been stolen from the celebrities’ personal Apple accounts, but Apple maintains that its iCloud service was not breached in the attack.

Google has been threatened with a lawsuit for more than $100 million for failing to remove the stolen images in a timely fashion, according to a letter sent by LA-based lawyer Marty Singer. “Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” Singer alleged in an Oct. 1 letter sent to Google executives. “As a result of your blatantly unethical behavior, Google is exposed to significant liability and both compensatory and punitive damages that could well exceed One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000).”

Google responded in a statement: “We’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures — within hours of the requests being made — and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”

Lawrence’s full interview is available October 8 in Vanity Fair’s digital edition. The magazine will be on newsstands on October 14.

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  1. Alicia Lain says:

    Stop posting nude photos of yourself……….you know what happens…….you got to be smarter than that

  2. JSB says:

    There is nothing wrong with taking nude photos of yourself – with a CAMERA. Film or digital, protect those images by using some device not connected to the internet. Mobile phones, tablets, computers – ALL of it is most likely public – we’ve already seen how credit transactions, personal emails, and other communiques online have been hacked into the public viewing. What on earth makes anyone think his or her mobile phone photos are private? Between Julian Assange and Robert Snowden, certainly anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows that there is no such protection of one’s documents or photos here on the web. How this young lady has not figured this out by now, she who is part of the generation that has grown UP with the internet, well – this strains credulity. This was a rather scandalous hacking – but hardly a sex crime! You degrade the earnest traumas of sex crime victims with such whiny nonsense.

    You can have privacy. Or you can have the internet. You cannot have both. This woman, like all of the rest of us, should have figured this out long ago.

  3. John Thiel says:

    In a legal / insurance loss / political sense it’s actually much simpler than that. You own your images, and that ownership is retained by the author unless otherwise provided by written contract. If you took a selfie or a photo of your pet turtle, and someone used that image without explicit consent, then there are damages to be paid. Someone owes Jennifer Lawrence millions of dollars for the use of those images, and the injury their release has caused her.

    In a criminal sense, yes it’s assault. At the very least it’s punishable by being a registered sex offender and could mean jail time.

  4. Abe says:

    Too bad the law isn’t harsh enough on hackers. Some of those douchebag really get off at other’s expense and remain hidden (what bottom feeders)

  5. josh says:

    Anyone who posts nude pictures on the internet is a moron. Any famous person who does that and thinks no one else will see them is a moron squared.

  6. TMOS says:

    Ok, hold up now. First of all, she’s whoring herself out to the general public for money? I guess you don’t enjoy watching movies, or listening to music, or going to concerts and watching people who “whore” themselves “out to the general public for money”, then? All of those people are well-known because they are in the entertainment business, to entertain ungrateful people such as yourself. She makes money to entertain people. That’s hardly whoring herself out. That’s having a career that caters to the public. You sound ridiculous making that comparison.

    Second, being a celebrity doesn’t mean she doesn’t have rights to privacy and to be outraged when someone invades and shits all over it. This isn’t the first hacking scandal, true. However, that doesn’t make what happened any more ok and doesn’t diminish her feelings of having been violated. Those pictures weren’t for us. There are plenty of average people who have nude photos of themselves, meant for just their partners. If you happened to have a bunch of nude photos leaked that were meant for just you and your significant other, are you then not allowed to be upset and disgusted because you somehow had it coming? Are you so desensitized to how horrible it is that people do this to others for the fun of it that you’d rather victim-blame her?

    Finally, this is 100% sexual harassment, which is a sex crime. Look it up. Put away your prejudice against her for being famous and beautiful and rich and empathize for someone who is experiencing what women everywhere experience, except unfortunately for her she is a celebrity so everyone with an internet connection or cable television knows about it.

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

  7. rjgforu99 says:

    I feel she is hitting on point about the sanctity
    of her images. It is a breach of responsibility to others that are objects to this criminality. For me I enjoy Jennifer on the big and little screen when she gives me that privilege. Anything else that she wants private is not proper for me to see. So all I ask is just keep working in your chosen craft there is none better. Robbie Goldstein

  8. Reblogged this on the redheaded stepchild and commented:
    I love Jennifer Lawrence and she is 100% right. Being famous does not mean your body is owned by the public and this disgusting display of rape culture only shows the incredible amount of misogyny women face. We have got to make the changes necessary to stop this from happening again.

  9. John says:

    Don’t take the photos to begin with? Facebook/whatever isn’t responsible if the users are breaking the law and user agreements by posting the photos, which she copyrighted to stop them btw. It becomes an issue where the site removes it, if knowing about it, or her attonies to find the photos. Can’t stop an idea.

    • Tim says:

      Okay, don’t take the pictures but just let the hackers still anything they want because it’s on the cloud, is that what you are saying?
      People are so busy focusing on “nude” they forget about these thieves can hack whomever they want. Where is your argument there?

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