Jennifer Lawrence is the most high profile member of a 100-strong list of celebrities who have learned their iCloud accounts may have been hacked and intimate photos obtained.
Here is the first of two statements:
It's not OK to publish naked photos of women published without their consent. In fact, it's criminal.
This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.
- Spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, another actress affected, confirmed the photos of her that were first posted on 4chan by an anonymous user before being shared on reddit and Twitter were genuine.
Here is the second of two statements:
It's not OK to look at naked photos of women published without their consent. In fact, it's an act of digital sexual violence.
As Van Badham points out in the Guardian, to "excuse viewing the images just because they’re available is deplorable".
It's the equivalent of creepily hiding in a wardrobe because a conversation may be taking place you’d be interested, excited or turned on to overhear.
If you really want to look at pictures of Jennifer Lawrence today, make sure they are the ones she has actually consented to the publication of.