Images alleged to be actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the internet on Sunday evening.
The images began spreading on 4Chan earlier in the day, where posters claimed that the images were the result of a hacker intrusion on a number of iCloud accounts and that the images included nude celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Emily Browning, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton.
A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence issued the following statement:
This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.
In addition to Lawrence, these are the biggest names on the list posted to 4Chan of alleged victims of the iCloud leak:
Aly and AJ Michalka, Aubrey Plaza, Abby Elliott, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Brie Larson, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Emily Ratjakowski, Farrah Abraham, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Pannettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kayley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Wynona Ryder, Allison Brie and Dave Franco.
However, at least one of the alleged victims of the hack has taken to Twitter to dispute the authenticity of the images. Victoria Justice wrote via Twitter: “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”
But contrary to the Twitter message from Justice, the above statement from Lawrence’s spokesperson alone appears to confirm the authenticity of at least some of the images being circulated.
Apple didn’t offer an official response when contacted for comment on the incident.