In a major breach of privacy, a hacker leaked a series of pictures allegedly showing Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities in the nude.Purported nude photographs of Lawrence, who won an Academy Award last year for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” were splashed on various sites Sunday. They appeared on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr, among others.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton followed suit — and posted what he said were naked photos of Lawrence and actress Victoria Justice. He later took them down. “Upon further reflection and just sitting with my actions, I don’t feel comfortable even keeping the censored photos up. I am removing them,” Hilton tweeted. “At work we often have to make quick decisions. I made a really bad one today.”
The leaked photos sparked an online backlash, with some of the targeted celebrities decrying them as fake while others confirmed they’re real. Lawrence’s publicist said the photos are a “flagrant violation of privacy.” “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts
the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” the publicist said in a statement.