"Just Because I'm An Actress Does Not Mean I Asked For This" Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out
Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out today about the naked pictures of her which were leaked in a massive hacking scandal earlier this year.
The actress became the focus of worldwide attention when she was one of 100 celebrities whose pictures were leaked online.
Now, the actress has spoken out about the horror and disgust that she felt at the time.
“I was just so afraid. I didn’t know how this would affect my career. Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she told Vanity Fair.
“It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
The actress also revealed that she could not release a statement at the time because “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. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you,” the 24-year-old continued.
“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 websites are responsible,” she said.
“Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated and the first though 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.”
The Hunger Games star added that the onus also lay with anyone who looked at the pictures who “perpetuated a sexual offense.”
“You should cower with shame,” she stated. “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.”
Perhaps worst of all for the actress, is that she had to phone her dad to warn him.
“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.
“Fortunately he was playing golf so he was in a good mood,” she added.
“Time does heal, you know. 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.”