Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Teresa Palmer, Jessica Brown, Brie Larson, McKayla Maroney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kate Upton were among a handful of celebrities whose nude photos were leaked late Sunday afternoon following what appears to be a large-scale hack.
The photos first appeared on a 4Chan thread (very NSFW). So far, only Lawrence’s publicist Bryna Rifkin has confirmed, in an official statement to Buzzfeed, that the photos were of her client:
This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.
The leaked photos were allegedly obtained via a massive hack of Apple’s iCloud. They were then posted on 4chan by users offering more explicit material in exchange for bitcoin payments.
“The hacker on 4chan is also claiming to have explicit videos of Lawrence, and claims to have over 60 nude selfies of the Oscar-winning actress,” Buzzfeed reported Sunday.
Former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice took to Twitter to say the photos leaked of her were fake.
The tweet has racked up thousands of retweets in support of the actress and songwriter. Thousands of women are also posting nude pictures all over twitter using the hashtag #LeakForJLaw to show their support for the award winning actress.
— snapchat me girls18+ (@dirtygirlsofkik) September 1, 2014
#LeakForJLaw is now a thing, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE INTERNET TODAY.
— GabbyC (@AHappyGoth) September 1, 2014