FBI Investigating Naked Celeb Photo Leak; Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice Deny Pics Are Authentic
The latest nude celebrity photo scandal is far from over. The incident is now under investigation by the FBI after naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other major stars made their way online from a widespread cell phone hack.
A representative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation told the Associated Press on Monday, Sept. 1, that the agency was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."
Said high profile individuals included Lawrence, Upton, Ariana Grande, Mary-Kate Olsen, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, and Kaley Cuoco. Spokespeople for Lawrence and Upton have confirmed the validity of the photos, and quickly condemned the leak.
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"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's rep told Us Weekly in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's lawyer added, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
A Good Day to Die Hard actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also confirmed that the photos leaked of her were legitimate, and spoke out against the invasion of privacy.
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"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 tweeted on Sunday. "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Some stars, however, have been distancing themselves from the photos, and claiming that they are fake.
Grande tweeted on Monday evening, "to every1 going on about my "nudes" & my "m&g prices" neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon… but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u."
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Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice said of her alleged photos, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*."
There are questions as to whether the photos were obtained by a hack of Apple's iCould system. Dunst snidely tweeted on Monday, "Thank you iCloud."
An Apple spokesperson added to the AP that the company is looking into the leak as well. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," the rep told AP.