Apparently, nude photos of many top stars, including songbirds Rihanna and Ariana Grande, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence showed up on social media on Sunday. US media reports this as an apparent massive hacking leak.
Word of the images began spreading early Sunday, along with reports that the photos were obtained by hacking iCloud accounts.
Other celebrities whose pictures were allegedly stolen and posted online were Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer and Kim Kardashian.
Lawrence’s agent, meanwhile, vowed to take legal action.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” her representative told TMZ entertainment website.
Former Nickelodeon star and singer Victoria Justice said the images claiming to show her unclothed body were anything but the real deal.
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
A spokesperson for actress and pop star Ariana Grande told BuzzFeed that images said to be of her, are “completely fake.”
But horror movie actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whose intimate photos were leaked, acknowledged her frustration.
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.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014