Jennifer Lawrence has broken her silence on the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, branding it a "disgusting sex crime".
The Hunger Games star has posed topless on the cover of next month's Vanity Fair, and in an interview with the US magazine she discusses in-depth for the first time how she was affected by the incident often referred to as 'The Fappening'.
Lawrence was among dozens of famous women targeted by hackers who accessed cloud storage accounts and stole hundreds of private, intimate pictures, which were published online.
She tells the magazine, "Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That's why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody's mind is to make a profit from it. It's so beyond me. I just can't imagine being that detached from humanity. I can't imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."
Lawrence insists she decided against writing a public apology because the pictures were intended for a boyfriend, believed to be British actor Nicholas Hoult, explaining, "Every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don't have anything to say I'm sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he's going to look at you."
The 24-year-old goes on to admit the lowest point in the whole ordeal was having to tell her father: "When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what's happened... I don't care how much money I get for The Hunger Games, I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it's not worth it. Fortunately, he was playing golf, so he was in a good mood."
Lawrence is now attempting to move on from the scandal, concluding, "Time does heal, you know. I'm not crying about it anymore. I can't be angry anymore. I can't have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace."
Agents of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the leak, while a lawyer representing a number of the female victims has urged bosses of Internet search engine Google to help remove the snaps from the web.
Other victims include Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna.
source: newshub archive