Jennifer Lawrence blasts nude photo hack as ‘sex crime’

‘I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for.’

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Jennifer Lawrence has called the theft and subsequent leak of her private photographs a "sex crime", urging for the law to be changed and for websites involved in the hack (like 4chan) to be held responsible. 

"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she told Vanity Fair in her first interview addressing the hack. “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. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

The stolen images were first circulated by hackers who reportedly sought "bitcoin donations" to release more of the hacked data. (FYI: the same creeps have apparently now moved on to trying to trick women into sharing their nude photos on Whisper.) Users on 4chan and Reddit then picked up on the leak, with the latter only banning The Fappening, a subreddit devoted to sharing the images, after a huge outcry.

Lawrence said that she was tempted to write a statement after her images were leaked. "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." 

An iCloud security flaw was initially blamed for the breach of privacy, although Apple later said that the hackers had gained access via targeted attacks on user names, passwords and security questions. Over a hundred female celebrities were targeted by hackers, including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kirsten Dunst.

The Hunger Games actor also had some strong words for people who looked at the images. "Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said. “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. ”

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