Ricky Gervais backtracks after 'victim blaming' tweet on 4Chan nude celebrity photo leaks

Jennifer Lawrence was one of over 100 names reportedly targeted by a mass hacking made possible by an alleged iCloud leak

Ricky Gervais has gone on a veritable backtracking spree after he came under fire for posting a tweet that appeared to blame victims of the 4Chan naked photo hacking scandal, like Jennifer Lawrence, for taking the pictures in the first place.

Lawrence was one of over 100 names reportedly targeted by a mass hacking made possible by an alleged iCloud leak.

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s representative said of the invasion. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande were among the other household names who fell prey to the anonymous hackers.

However, Gervais appeared to show little sympathy for victims of the crime, currently being investigated, when he posted – and then swiftly deleted – the following:

After receiving an influx of responses, he continued:

Bringing controversial theorist Richard Dawkins into the equation (who recently caused a public outcry when he tweeted this advice for parents of Down Syndrome children), he tweeted and deleted: "I hope Richard Dawkins tweets something soon. He's a bigger idiot magnet than me and it will give me time to slip out the back way. Haha."

Seemingly unready to let the issue lie, he ended with the inflammatory following:

The 4Chan hacker behind the leak has since claimed to have a video of the actress performing a lewd sex act.

The anonymous person also admitted that they were unhappy with how much money he or she has made from circulating the stolen photographs.

 

“I didn't take the money and run. S**t got weird once I started posting samples,” the hacker wrote on website 4Chan, before lamenting the amount earned from the pictures.

“People wanted s*** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i'm not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn't get close to what I was hoping.”

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