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Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Her Stolen Nude Photos: “It’s a Sex Crime”

Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Response
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To date, we’ve stayed away from the so-called Fappening (a cutesy name for a not-so-cutesy crime): the theft and online propagation of nude photos of multiple celebrities, most notably Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. But now, as Lawrence has broken her silence and spoken for the first time since the incident, we felt it was important to share her perspective. And, as you might expect, she’s come out swinging.

Lawrence had already completed both her interview and photo shoot for the October issue of Vanity Fair by the time her private photos were made very public. But the author of the piece reached back out to her to ask for her response and she had a lot to say. We’ll let her do most of the talking.

On the stolen photos:

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 Web sites 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.

On why she hadn’t released an official statement until now:

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.

On having to explain what happened to her parents:

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.

To the people who looked at the pictures:

Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.

On the impact to her work as an actor:

I was just so afraid. I didn’t know how this would affect my career.

On healing:

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.

Strong words from a strong woman. It’s good to see her not only taking on those who stole the photos, but those who view and perpetuate them online. “You should cower with shame.” It will be hard for anyone who looks at those photos again to not hear those words.

The upcoming ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ press tour will likely not be an easy one for Lawrence as she’s publicly asked about a very private issue. You can read more from the Jennifer Lawrence cover story at Vanity Fair here and, perhaps most importantly, ‘Mockingjay’ opens in theaters on November 21.

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