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The website of Leslie Jones was hacked on Wednesday morning and private information, including her driver’s license and passport, were posted. The personal site went offline after the hack.
Along with the information, private photos also were posted. Jones, who recently starred in the Ghostbusters reboot, has been the target of vile, racist pictures and remarks since the film opened in July.
The abuse became so frequent that Jones left social media for a while before talking to one of the founders of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who suspended conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, whose followers sent hateful messages to the star.
In the hack of Jones’ website, references were made to Yiannopoulos getting kicked off Twitter, spurring speculation that it was done by his followers.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Yiannopoulos responded: “I’m distressed to hear that Leslie Jones has been hacked and naked pictures of her have been posted online. I know we had our differences after my review of Ghostbusters but I wish her all the best at what must be a deeply upsetting time.”
When she did return to Twitter, the Saturday Night Live comedian’s social media profile was raised. Her live-tweeting of the Rio Olympics earned her an invite to cover the 2016 Games in person as a contributor for NBC.
Multiple requests for comment from Jones’ rep were not immediately returned.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, who launched a viral campaign on Jones’ behalf during her Twitter hiatus, was quick to weigh in on Wednesday:
What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, “comedians,” whoever the fuck you all are, you’re just sad.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
Many others in Hollywood followed suit, expressing their anger and condemning those responsible:
FYI sharing stolen intimate photos like @Lesdoggg ‘s is illegal. You are participating in a sex crime.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 24, 2016
I truly don’t know why people are so hateful towards @Lesdoggg. Why? She’s talented and wonderful. Why are people so pressed to be awful?
— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) August 24, 2016
Do me a favor? Please don’t share or view the Leslie Jones personal info/photos. Support Leslie by not supporting the assholes that did this
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 24, 2016
This @Lesdoggg attack is troubling. The rampant racism percolating in society right now is shameful and sad. She made a movie, that’s it!
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) August 24, 2016
We’re with you @Lesdoggg, you are strong, the parents’ basement trolls are not.
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) August 24, 2016
these acts against leslie jones….are sickening. its racist & sexist. it’s disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint “kids joshing round”
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 24, 2016
Yo real talk though..LEAVE LESLIE JONES ALONE!!! She has done nothing to deserve the treatment these BUTT holes are giving her! @Lesdoggg
— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) August 24, 2016
Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bullshit
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 24, 2016
May many (more) bad things befall the cowards who’ve attacked my friend, @Lesdoggg. They are the worst of humanity, where she is the best.
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) August 24, 2016
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
.@Lesdoggg you are beautiful & talented & bring laughter into a world that desperately needs it. You are also my friend & I support you.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 25, 2016
I was terrified when I did SNL. Leslie Jones went out of her way to be open, warm, friendly, funny all week. She is a GEM.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 25, 2016
Aug. 24, 1:06 p.m. PT: Updated with Twitter posts.
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