Nude photo leaks are a sexual violation: Lawrence

Nude photo leaks are a sexual violation: Lawrence

NEW YORK - Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence - one of dozens of actresses, models and celebrities whose intimate images have been posted online - has called the photo-hacking scandal a crime and sexual violation.

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine that was available online yesterday, the 24-year-old said she was frightened after the photos were released last month and worried about the impact they would have on her career.

"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," the American, who won a best actress Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook, told the magazine.

The star of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise said she considered writing an apology. But she had been in a loving, four-year relationship and realised she had nothing to say sorry for.

"It's not a scandal," she said. "It's a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change."

Lawrence had been dating British actor Nicholas Hoult, but the couple reportedly split up this summer.

Photos of Lawrence, model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and other women had apparently been hacked from individual iCloud accounts and were uploaded to image-sharing forum 4chan.

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was addressing the matter. Apple admitted that certain celebrity accounts had been compromised, but said none of the cases it had investigated were due to any breach in Apple's systems, including iCloud and Find My iPhone.

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