The almost iconic victim of the mass leaking of nude celebrity photos dubbed ‘The Fappening’, Jennifer Lawrence has spoken for the first time about the incident to the magazine Vanity Fair, calling the leak a ‘sex crime’.
Many photographs of her were leaked online in the first wave, the only response coming from her publicist that “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
But after attending a photo shoot, the actress herself broke her silence.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. 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’s not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
Ms Lawrence was intending to state a statement about the affair but: “every single thing 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 your boyfriend is either going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
“It’s not a scandal. Its a sex crime.” she said. “It is a sexual violation. Its disgusting. The law needs to be changed an 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. Its so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and being so empty inside.”
Her ire was not just directed at those who leaked the pictures, but also those that viewed it, who Ms Lawrence says “perpetuated a sexual offence.”
“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.”
She has said that she is in the process of moving on.
“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 just need to find my own peace.”