Jennifer Lawrence has condemned naked photos of her leaked online as a “flagrant violation of privacy”.
The star of The Hunger Games is among more than 100 celebrities suspected to have fallen victim to a phone hacker.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokersperson for Lawrence said in a 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.”
On Sunday, a user of the 4chan website posted a list of mostly female celebrities – including Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Kirsten Dunst – claiming to have explicit photos and videos. The photos have since been circulated on file-sharing sites. Buzzfeed has reported the phones of the celebrities were hacked via iCloud. Apple has yet to comment.
Some of the celebrities have conceded the images are real, whereas others have challenged their authenticity. Victoria Justice tweeted: “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”
According to reports, the hacker was trying to share the photos in return for Bitcoins.
Nude photos of Scarlett Johansson were leaked online in 2011 after her phone was hacked. Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Blake Lively have also been targeted in recent years.