Jennifer Lawrence 'horrified' over nude photos

Last updated 09:01 02/09/2014
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A-LIST ANXIETY: Lawrence's embarrassment is reportedly transforming into deep fear about how she is viewed among her peers in Hollywood.

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Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly feeling "horrified" over the impact of her leaked nude photos.

The Hunger Games star, as well as Kirsten Dunst, model Kate Upton and dozens of others were the target of what's been dubbed "one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in recent memory", according to Variety.

Hollywood Life reported Lawrence was reeling over how the images might harm her career.

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"Jen is horrified over this leak and knows that this will possibly affect her upcoming roles," a source told Hollywood Life. 

The 24-year-old American actress has already won an Academy Award and several other major trophies for her work in films like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

But despite her accolades, the Hollywood Life report said Lawrence's embarrassment was transforming into deep fear about how she is viewed among her peers in Hollywood.

"She knows that A-list stars don't have this type of controversy attached to them and is very much horrified over the whole situation," the insider said.

It's thought the phone photographs were stolen after someone hacked into iCloud and then published them on a thread for 4chan, a website that allows people to post images on bulletin boards.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy,'' Lawrence's publicist  Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone  who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," Mahoney said.

Mahoney declined to provide further details, including which authorities were contacted. 

"The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," her representative stated.

Lea Michele, Victoria Justice, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, Bar Refaeli and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were also reportedly affected by the breach, with the latter taking to Twitter to blast those taking advantage. "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," she wrote.

Many stars have spoken out about the breach of privacy, with Girls star Lena Dunham furious at what has happened.

"The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures," she wrote on Twitter.

"Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay (sic)."

The subject has been widely posted about on Twitter, with Dunham angry about some of the remarks she has read.

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"Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender," she stated.

"The "don't take naked pics if you don't want them online" argument is the "she was wearing a short skirt" of the web. Ugh (sic)."

Model Chrissy Teigen is just as furious as Dunham about what has happened. She has personally responded to several Twitter users who suggested having supposed nude pictures of yourself leaked isn't that big a deal, insisting it's the wider case about invasion of privacy people should be concerned with.

"How on earth is the villain the celebrity here? I know humanity loves to bond over sh**ting on the rich and famous but have a f**king soul," she wrote.

"What the f**k is on your phone? I'm sure you got some sh*t. Everyone is entitled to parts of their lives they don't have to share with you."

The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller declined comment on whether the agency was involved.

How widespread the hacking of celebrities photos was is not immediately clear. Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes.

Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.

"It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it," security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post Monday. "Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private."

Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. Last year, a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.

Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to hack into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.

"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court at Chaney's sentencing in December 2012.

"That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy," Aguilera wrote in a statement before Chaney's sentencing.

-with Cover Media, AP

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