Jennifer Lawrence’s representative has spoken out to say that the nude photos are genuine. The images were hacked from the actress’ phone, but the rep does not condone the actions. The spokesperson acknowledged that it was a major violation of privacy.
The photos of The Hunger Games actress were revealed over the weekend. Many wondered whether they were genuine or not, and how they have been released. The police are already involved and members of the public are being warned not to post the photos anywhere online. Those who do can be arrested for the violating of the star’s privacy, and potentially for hacking the phone.
Lawrence was not the only celebrity to have nude photos stolen and shared. A number of celebrities were attacked, some of them saying that the photos had been deleted long ago. They were images that would have been stored somewhere deep within the phone and computer memories, and it would have been difficult and time consuming for the attacker to get them. It is clear that this hacker had an agenda from the beginning.
While some people will question why Lawrence had the naked images of herself or why she allowed them to be taken, the main question should be how the attacker will be punished. Celebrities, like anyone, have a right to privacy and should be allowed to take or have nude photos taken of themselves while in the privacy of their homes. They were photos meant for someone else and a trust was there to know that those photos would not be used elsewhere.
Lawrence’s rep has stated that the nude photos are genuine, while other celebrities claim that their images were doctored. Whatever the truth is, it does not take away the fact that someone has broken the law. Someone intentionally hacked the phones and computers, and then stole images to post them online for the world to see.
Hackers like this have been punished in the past. In 2012, Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Florida judge for hacking phones and computers. Along with scripts, naked photos of Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and other celebrities were shared online to embarrass them.
While finding the hacker, many of the celebrities will want to know how their phones and computers were hacked. In 2011, Paris Hilton’s phone was hacked because thieves guessed her secret answer to her question. It turned out that the secret answer was relatively easy to guess, and raises the concern that people are not protecting their private information well enough. Like with passwords, it is important to use answers that are difficult for any type of software to break.
It seems the 24-year-old X-Men actress is taking this all in her stride. She has decided to avoid commenting on the issue and let her representative deal with the media for her. This is the most sensible thing to do, as she is likely hurt by the photos being released. One thing that is certain is that Lawrence’s privacy has been violated as her rep states the nude photos are genuine.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham