Former Boris Johnson deputy Richard Barnes blames hackers for naked selfies posted onto Facebook account


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The Independent Online

A former deputy London mayor has claimed his Facebook account was hacked when naked pictures taken on a mobile phone were posted onto his personal account.

Richard Barnes, Conservative councillor for Hillingdon, said he had not even seen the images, which show the lower body of a naked man standing in front of a mirror.

The 65-year-old served as deputy to Boris Johnson between 2008 and 2012 and said he was first made aware of the pictures after being contacted by a friend in the US.

The pictures are being taken on an iPhone. They appeared to have been uploaded onto his personal account, before being deleted.

"[It was] utterly and totally a mistake. I’ve been hacked into. I’ve no idea [what happened]. I’m annoyed and shaking with anger", Mr Barnes told Metro.

"I’m a 65-year-old gay man on his own… It’s not the sort of thing I do. Do you really think I would be that f****** stupid after 30 years in politics?"

Despite the incident, he said he would not be quitting Facebook and that it had all been "sorted out".