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“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” the Hunger Games star tells Vanity Fair in the magazine’s November issue cover story. “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.”
Lawrence’s comments come more than a month after a 4chan user posted images of stars including Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton in what was believed to be the biggest celebrity hacking scandal in history. Since that initial leak, more photos have emerged online.
Lawrence also says that those who looked at the pictures should be ashamed.
“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. 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,” the actress says.
And she reveals that it was particularly difficult when she had to break the news to her father.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened…I don’t care how much money I get for The Hunger Games,” she says. “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.”
Lawrence’s comments echo the sentiments expressed by other photo-hacking victims. While Lawrence hadn’t spoken about the incident before, her reps did, calling the leaked pictures “a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
She told Vanity Fair that while she was tempted to write a statement or apology, she just ended up crying or getting angry when she tried.
“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,” Lawrence adds.
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It’s believed that Marty Singer‘s threat of a $100 million Google lawsuit for facilitating the posting of the hacked pictures is on behalf of Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and other stars.
In Vanity Fair, the actress advocates for a legal solution to the incident.
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she says. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites 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. It’s so beyond me.”
Vanity Fair‘s November issue hits newsstands Thursday.
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