The people who chose to look at nude celebrity photos that hackers posted committed ‘‘a sexual offense,’’ actress Jennifer Lawrence says in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair in its November issue.
The Oscar winner, who was among dozens of celebrities whose photos were posted beginning on Aug. 31, attacked both the hackers and those who sought out the photos in the interview, which marked the first time she had publicly commented.
‘‘It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,’’ she said about the hackers. ‘‘It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.’’
Yesterday, Lawrence spoke for the first time about the large-scale hacking, branding it a “sex crime”. She was 1 of over 100 celebrities to have been targeted, with other names including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Victoria Justice, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande.
The FBI and Apple are both conducting investigations into the apparent widespread invasion of personal accounts thought to be connected to the iCloud service.
In September, a second wave of naked images, thought to depict female stars including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, emerged online.
Earlier this week, Nick Hogan became the first male victim to be targeted.
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair. “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.”
She also reprimanded anyone who had looked at the pictures.
“You should cower with shame,” she continued. “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.”