Jennifer Lawrence on nude photo hacking scandal: 'The internet has scorned me'

The actress was one of hundreds of famous women victimised by 4Chan hackers in September, who stole intimate photographs of her

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Jennifer Lawrence will never be an active Twitter addict, post photos on Instagram or messages on Facebook because, she says, the "internet has scorned" her.

The actress was one of hundreds of famous women victimised by 4Chan hackers in September, who stole intimate photographs of her taken on her iPhone and sold them on the net.

"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime," she told Vanity Fair of the FBI-investigated incident. "It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible."

Speaking during an interview with Nick Grimshaw, she explained why she understandably won’t be joining the online community in the future.

"I will never get Twitter," she told the BBC Radio 1 presenter.

"I’m not very good on phones or technology. I can not really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me. I don’t really understand what it is, it’s this weird enigma that people talk about. And it’s fine, I respect that, but no, I will never get a Twitter.


"And if you ever see a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that says it’s me; it most certainly is not."

Grimshaw told Lawrence her answer – given alongside The Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson – had been the most serious of the conversation.

"I had that one locked and loaded … it’s because the internet has scorned so much that I feel like it’s like, that girl in high school, that I’m like: ‘oh you wanna talk about her? Yeah I’ll do that. I’m gonna take my hoops off, I’m ready to go’."

The still anonymous hackers published the images via online forum 4Chan.

The original list also included Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as Ariana GrandeJessica Brown FindlayMary E WinsteadMary E Winstead, Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Kaley Cuoco.

The FBI and Apple both conducted investigations into the widespread invasion of personal accounts thought to be connected to the iCloud service.

Towards the end of September, a second wave of naked images, thought to depict female stars including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, emerged online.

Entertainment lawyer Marty Singer wrote to Google threatening to sue the company for $100 million for failing to delete private images of a dozen undisclosed female victims and demanding it pays damages for "knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating the unlawful conduct" of the 4Chan hackers.

Google responded, with a spokesperson telling The Independent: "We've removed tens of thousands of pictures – within hours of the requests being made – and we have closed hundreds of accounts.

"The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people's private photos is not one of them."