Nude photos of several female celebrities surfaced online Sunday morning, and according to The Christian Science Monitor on Monday, the photos are not fake. Targeted female celebs include Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ariana Grande. While some victims have not yet spoken out about the authenticity of the nude photos, at least three sets of leaked photos have been confirmed as real.
Nude photographs of Lawrence, as well as the other mentioned female celebrities, showed up on several popular sites over the weekend, including Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter. A few of the celebs immediately denied the photos were real. MSN Entertainment reports that Grande's rep told ET Online that the photos are "fake." Justice also said the nude photos of her on Twitter were not real.
However, three other female celebs haven't denied the photos are real. Statements made by actress Mary E. Winstead confirm that her nude photos are genuine. Winstead took to her Twitter account on Sunday and posted that she took the photos with her husband years ago. A representative for Lawrence confirmed the photos as authentic and said in an official statement that the photos are a "flagrant violation of privacy," claiming that anyone who posts the nude photos online will be prosecuted. A spokesman for Upton also made a similar statement, saying "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton's, privacy."
The photos first appeared on the imageboard website 4Chan. The hacker taking credit for the massive online hacking scandal claims to have stolen the nude photos directly from the female celebs' personal online accounts. Reportedly, the hacker broke into Apple iCloud accounts belonging to the celebrities. The photos were not all nude and were allegedly stolen due to a flaw in Apple iCloud that allowed phones to be hacked. The person responsible for the leaked photos claims to also have several explicit videos of Lawrence. According to Apple, the iCloud exploit has been patched.