Jennifer Lawrence's private pictures were leaked online over the weekend. -- EPA
The Internet went crazy over the weekend after nude pictures of numerous female celebrities were leaked online.
Nude photos of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, singers Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst – among many others – leaked online Sunday morning in one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in recent memory.
The images, which first appeared on image-sharing site 4chan, show most of the celebrities nude or in provocative poses.
A spokesperson for Lawrence confirmed the photos were real and blasted the hackers for their “flagrant violation of privacy”. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” her representative warned.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, another actress exposed in the leak, immediately took to Twitter to confirm denounce the images.
“To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,” her Twitter post read.
A total of 101 celebrities were purportedly hacked, although it’s unclear how many of those photos are authentic. Others on the list include Aubrey Plaza, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Lea Michele, Hillary Duff, Cat Deeley and US soccer star Hope Solo.
Actress Victoria Justice (GIF, below), however, insisted on Twitter that the photos of her were fake. “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*,” Justic said on Twitter.
It’s unknown how the risque photos made it online but Hollywood stars have been heavily targeted by hackers in recent years. In 2012, a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posting nude images of Scarlett Johansson which were taken from her cellphone.
Other victims of phone hackings in recent years include Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, Blake Lively and Olivia Munn. — Reuters