Images of naked Oscar-winning star Jennifer Lawrence, as well as those purportedly showing other top A-list stars, were posted online in an apparent massive hacking leak.
An unknown hacker reportedly managed to gain access to private photos on the “Hunger Games” actress’s mobile phone, and those of 100 others, using Apple’s online storage system iCloud.
The 60-odd pictures of Lawrence in varying stages of undress were then posted on the bulletin board website 4chan.
The list of celebrities who became naked includes TV star Kim Kardashian, singer Rihanna, models Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne and Kelly Brook, and TV host Cat Deeley.
A spokesman for Lawrence confirmed the leacked images were real, adding that the police would interrupt into the issue and prosecute anyone who posts the stolen pictures.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” the spokesperson told reporters. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
Final Destination actress Mary E. Winstead also confirmed she had been a victim of the hacker.
“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,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”
Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton’s publicist said: “This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client’s privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”
Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice however denied the nude photos that claim to show her are real. She took to Twitter to notice that: “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended.*”
Actor Seth Rogen came to the victims’ defence on Twitter, writing: “Posting pics hacked from someone’s cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise. I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn’t be tolerated to repost stolen pics.”
The leacked photos of the naked Lawrence probably angered her boyfriend, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, with whom the actress reportedly dates since June after split from X-Men co-star Nicholas Hoult, 24.
Lawrence called it quits with her “X-men” co-star earlier this summer, with a source unveiling to tabloids that the breakup was “very amicable,” adding that their successful careers made it difficult to find time for their relationship.
“They spent a lot of time apart because of work, and it was difficult on their relationship,” the insider said.
During a recent interview with Marie Claire magazine, Jennifer admitted that she wasn’t ready to rush into taking her relationship with Hoult.
“We’re so young that it would almost be like if we lived in the same city, what would happen? We’d be living together,” she told the magazine when asked about the ongoing rumors that she was engaged. “At least this way he’s in the same boat as I am: We can go out and have our own lives and know that we have each other.”
She continued, “When we’re busy, we agree to mutually ignore each other. Not completely, but neither of us gets mad when the other doesn’t text back or call. Life’s super busy. Obviously you know what they’re doing, and you trust them.”