Jennifer Lawrence: Nude photo leak is a ‘sex crime’

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Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out for the first time since hackers stole and posted nude photos of the actress online, calling the leak “not a scandal, but a sex crime.”

In a chance to have “the last word” on her photo hack, Lawrence – who was one of at least three stars to be hacked on August 31 – expressed in an interview with Vanity Fair her ‘disgust’ with the privacy violation. 

“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” the 24-year-old actress 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,” she added. 

“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
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Lawrence said that when the photos first leaked, she thought of writing a statement, but that ”every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry.” Her statement, she said, came out as an apology, which ultimately she resented.

“I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years,” she said. 

Lawrence’s attorney has filed a letter to 4chan, the site which originally posted the photos – demanding they be taken down. However, according to TMZ, the site has refused, stating that because the pictures weren’t taken by the actress herself, she does not have the copyright and therefore cannot control whether they’re taken down. 

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The violation has been deemed a “scandal,” but Lawrence is quick in the interview to distance the incident from that label.

“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she said. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”

Explicit photos of celebrities Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton were leaked on the same day as Lawrence’s. A new wave of photo leaks have surfaced in recent weeks; Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Hogan became the first male victim of the hacking scandal this week. 

An entertainment lawyer representing a handful of stars who’ve fallen victim to photo hacks has threatened to sue Google with a $100 million lawsuit. In a letter on Wednesday, lawyer Martin Singer – who said he sent Google many violation notices, demanded the company remove the images, saying the company “has recklessly allowed these blatant violations to continue in conscious disregard of our clients’ rights.”

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Jennifer Lawrence: Nude photo leak is a 'sex crime'

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