Jennifer Lawrence says nude photo hack was “unbelievably violating”

Star opens up about traumatic incident

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken about the trauma of having intimate photos of herself posted online without her consent, describing the incident as “unbelievably violating”.

Nude photos of Lawrence leaked online in 2014 after hackers breached the Apple iCloud accounts of numerous celebrities. Speaking earlier this year, Lawrence said that she still feels “terrified” following the incident.

Now, speaking on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast, the star has opened up about feeling violated by the incident, adding: “I feel like I got gang-banged by the fucking planet”.

“When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words,” she said. “I think that I’m still actually processing it. When I first found out it was happening, my security reached out to me. It was happening minute-to-minute — it was almost like a ransom situation where they were releasing new ones every hour or so. And, I don’t know, I feel like I got gang-banged by the fucking planet — like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process.”

Lawrence added: “A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] — and none of that was gonna really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and Nic [Lawrence’s boyfriend at the time, Nicholas Hoult], the person that they were intended for. It wasn’t gonna bring any of that back. So I wasn’t interested in suing everybody; I was just interested in healing.”

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

“I think, like, a year and a half ago, somebody said something to me about how I was ‘a good role model for girls,’ and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter — I felt like, ‘I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.’ It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that.”

Lawrence went on to say that her upcoming film Red Sparrow was somewhat of a response to the hacking trauma. “[The film] was really sexual, which has always scared me. I’ve always been like, ‘Absolutely no way’ — especially after what happened [with the nude hack] — ‘no way am I ever gonna do anything sexual.’ So, for me, doing Red Sparrow — I felt like I was getting something back that had been taken from me.”

The star also spoke about shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, saying: “I had heard that he was a dog, but he was always almost paternal to me. He was never inappropriate with me. I thought that we had a nice relationship where, when he acted like an asshole, I called him an asshole — I actually think the word I used was ‘a sadistic monster’ — but it was just never of that nature, so that was really shocking.”

Of her own experience of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination in the movie industry, Lawrence said: “I had been objectified, I had been, you know, obviously, not paid equally, I had been violated by a hacker, but I have never had a man use his power to sexually abuse me.”

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