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4Chan nude photos scandal: Jennifer Lawrence to take legal action

Jennifer Lawrence plans to take legal action against hacker in 4Chan nude photo scandal
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Several celebrities had naked pictures of themselves released online by a hacker in what is being referred to as the 4Chan nude photo scandal. Jennifer Lawrence, one of the celebrities targeted has threatened legal action. On Sept. 1, SBS.com posted updated details on the case.

Lawrence's spokesperson confirmed that Jennifer's photos are real and that it is a "flagrant violation of privacy." Once the hacker is found, she plans to take legal action. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," Lawrence's spokesperson said in a statement.

On Sunday, the hacker posted dozens of photos on the image sharing website 4Chan. The hacker, who is still unidentified, claims that the photos were accessed via celebrity iCloud accounts. The hacker also says that he has up to 60 selfies of Jennifer Lawrence in "compromising positions," but added that Lawrence is not the only celebrity at risk of being exposed.

Woman's Day reports that a list of celebrities affected by the 4Chan nude photo scandal is circulating the Internet. On the list include stars such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff and Mary-Kate Olsen. Also on the list are Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Kirsten Dunst, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Teresa Palmer, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was also targeted. She posted on Twitter that the photos were taken years ago with her husband in the privacy of their home. She had a simple statement for people that were looking at the photos,

"To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves."

While Lawrence and Winstead admit that the photos are real, there are others who say they are not. Ariana Grande was one celebrity who told BuzzFeed that the photos of her are "completely fake."

Even though this must be a difficult situation for all of the people affected, fans are rallying around Jennifer Lawrence. The hashtag #JenniferLawrenceWeSupportYou began trending yesterday and is expected to continuing rising today.