There has been a huge nude celebrity photo leak, and it has included alleged pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton, Hope Solo, and many more. TMZ reported on Aug. 31, 2014, that the major hacking campaign happened to an issue with Apple’s iCloud that allowed hackers into the cell phones of celebrities and then the pics were passed around on sites such as 4chan and numerous others.
The publicist’s of numerous celebrities are beginning to release statements regarding the nude celebrity photo leak. Jennifer Lawrence’s publicist was one of the first to issue a statement and confirm the pics are real.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” they said in an email.
Singer Ariana Grande’s agent simply stated that the “photos are completely fake.” Victoria Justice got on Twitter and said “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”
Buzzfeed reports that many sites are starting to have the pics taken down already and lawsuits are said to be put in place.
It appears as if the pictures were taken from celebrity’s cell phones and then posted on 4chan so that bitcoins could be earned. Jennifer Lawrence was said to have had as many as 60 nude selfies on her cell phone that had been stolen.
Not all the pictures of the celebrities were nudes as some were simply selfies and everyday pics.
A 4chan user has claimed to be the one responsible for the giant nude celebrity photo leak and he even posted two screenshots of his desktop with tons of pics. There were even movies of celebrities that the user had not released yet.
There is a master list online that details the dozens upon dozens of celebrities reportedly hacked in the scandal. Names include:
- Mary Kate Olsen
- Kim Kardashian
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Becca Tobin
- Krysten Ritter
- Teresa Palmer
- Amber Heard
- Abigail Spencer
- Jenny McCarthy
- Lea Michele
- Selena Gomez