Jennifer Lawrence: Stolen Nude Photographs are ‘Sex Crime’

The 24-year-old actress has spoken for the first time about nude photos of herself being leaked online, saying the hackers who did so are guilty of a ‘sex crime.’

The Oscar-winning actress was of the many celebrities whose photos were stolen by hackers. Photo: BALLOON STRETCH/Flickr

The Oscar-winning actress was of the many celebrities whose photos were stolen by hackers. Photo: BALLOON STRETCH/Flickr

Jennifer Lawrence has addressed for the first time the nude celebrity photo scandal that saw dozens of her naked pictures released online.

Speaking exclusively with Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Sam Kashner, the “Hunger Games” star said she felt violated and was afraid how the hacked photographs would affect her career.

“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” said Lawrence in her interview, promoting new movie “Serena” with Bradley Cooper. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting.”

“The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites 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.”

Numerous photographs of Lawrence were distributed online, in what her publicist at the time called “a flagrant violation of privacy”, adding that “the authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

The Oscar-winning actress said she certainly didn’t give anyone permission to look at her body and condemns everyone who even looked at the controversial photos

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offence. 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’.”

The 24-year-old starlet confessed that she was planning to issues a statement earlier, but said: “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.”

Lawrence also has a message for the tabloid community: “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.”

The “Silver Linings Playbook” actress  also shared her pain when she had to explain everything t her parents.

“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened … I don’t care how much money I get for The Hunger Games. I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it’s not worth it.

“Fortunately,” she says, “he was playing golf, so he was in a good mood.”

The Cupertino tech giant confirmed last month that some celebrities’ iCloud accounts were hacked but said there was no evidence it was caused by a breach of its security systems. The FBI is still investing the hacking scandal, with more victims having emerged in recent weeks.

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