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Bella Thorne on Saturday posted a number of topless photos to her social media account after an alleged hacker threatened to release the images.
The actress’ Twitter account was apparently hacked Thursday.
A number of uncharacteristic tweets, some with racist language, were posted to the account, which has more than 6.6 million followers. The profile picture was also changed to that of a man. The tweets have since been deleted and the picture returned.
But it seems it did not end there for the 21-year-old Thorne.
“For the last 24 hours I have been threatened with my own nudes,” she wrote in a note posted on Twitter with screenshots of text messages with the alleged hacker. “I feel gross. I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.”
She also said the alleged hacker sent her nude photos he allegedly had of other stars.
On Sunday afternoon, Thorne told The Hollywood Reporter that while angry and hurt, she believes the person who hacked her is a juvenile, who made a poor choice, so she is trying to be understanding.
“This kid sounds like he’s 17, as much as I’m so angry and wanted to fuck him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson,” she told THR. “He’s still a kid and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”
She added, “Plus, he’s obviously smart so if he got on the right side of the tracks he could actually possibly help our community and be an alliance. You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”
In her initial explanation for posting the texts and pictures, Thorne said she would not allow anyone to render her helpless.
“I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back,” Thorne wrote. “U can’t control my life u never will.”
A number of female stars have had their private pictures hacked and shared in past years, including Jennifer Lawrence, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Upton.
George Garofano, the hacker who targeted Lawrence, among hundreds of others, was sentenced to eight months in prison last August.
4:30 p.m.: Updated with new statement from Thorne.
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