Jennifer Lawrence Broke Her Silence Over Photo Hacking

At last Jennifer Lawrence broke her silence over her leaked nude photos. The Oscar winning actress called the incidence “a sex crime”.

In an Interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer Lawrence tells contributing editor Sam Kashner the Law should change to have all those involved in the hacking saga said held accountable for the sexual violation. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she tells 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. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

After the hacking incidence Lawrence attempted to write a public statement to explain things out, but she says “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.” Reports have it that Lawrence took the photos while in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult.

Lawrence was angered by all those who viewed her photos online, including people she knew personally. “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,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence stolen photos first appeared in 4chan before users on subreddit “The Fappening” went viral with the leaked photos. A user on 4chan’s image-board forum exchanged the celebrity’s nude photos with a bitcoin, a virtual currency. The photos quickly spread to Imgur and several other Reddit forums.

After the first photos were leaked in August, Lawrence representative threated to sue anyone who posted the stolen photos, in what she said was a ” flagrant violation of privacy” but that did not deter attackers from posting more. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” She warned.

In her lengthy interview with Kashner, the 24-year old actress expressed her frustrations in what she termed as a violation of privacy. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she tells Kashner “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.”

She also narrated her painful ordeal explaining the leaked photos to her family. Making that call to her dad was the hardest thing she ever did. Luckily her dad “was playing Golf, so he was in a good mood,” she joked.

The Hunger Games star seem to have moved on. “Time does heal, you know,” she tells Kashner. “I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore. I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”

At end Lawrence had a message to internet users, “You have a choice. You don’t have to be a person who spreads negativity and lies for a living. You can do something good. You can be good. Let’s just make that choice and—it feels better.”

Leaked celebrity private photos over the internet is now an everyday event, an indication that our perceived privacy safety nets are porous. Jennifer Lawrence was just among a few celebrities who learned the hard way that “Delete does not necessarily mean Delete”.

In similar incidences stolen photos, of  ”American Hustle” star, as well as Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst went viral on Reddit , 4chan , and other social sites like twitter over the Labor Day weekend. Other victims include Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, Amber Heard, Rihanna, Hope Solo, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Scarlett Johansson,

IPhone manufacture Apple has been on the spotlight over the photos allegedly leaked from its iCloud. Apple has however denied any possibility that its iCloud storage was compromised. Apple CEO Tim cook describe the latest incidences as targeted attacks. He said the celebrities may have fallen prey to phishing scams or they may have picked very obvious security questions that hackers were able to guess.  Apple has however promised enhanced security measures to prevent a repeat of such cases.

The recent leaks have also drawn the attention of FBI, An FBI representative told the Associated press the Agency was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.”

Lawrence Mwangi Lawrence is a technology and business reporter. He has freelanced for a number of tech sites and magazines. He is a web-enthusiast, with a special interest in Online security, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. When not writing about tech he can be found in a Tennis court or on a chess board.
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