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Celebrities Vow Revenge on Hackers Who Posted Photos

September 2, 2014

By Lorena Blas, @byLorenaBlas, USA TODAY

Model Kate Upton among other celebrities had nude photos of them posted online. (file photo)
Model Kate Upton among other celebrities had nude photos of them posted online. (file photo)

The FBI said late Monday that it was investigating leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other stars.

The agency told the Associated Press that it was addressing accusations that online accounts of celebrities, including Oscar winner Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

In addition, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts were compromised, according to the AP.

Representatives of Lawrence, 24, who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie franchise, and Upton issued statements about the pictures that first appeared on image-sharing site 4Chan.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's representatives, Bryna Rifkin and Liz Mahoney, said in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos."

Upton's lawyer, Lawrence Shire, issued a similar statement Monday to Us magazine: "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. ... We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images."

Other celebs targeted in the leak include: Nickelodeon's Victoria Justice, Final Destination 3 actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, pop star Ariana Grande and actress Kirsten Dunst.

Justice took to Twitter to deny the authenticity of the photos that appeared to be of her. She wrote: "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people."

But Winstead scolded those who looked at her shots. "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," she posted on Twitter.

Previous cases of leaks of nude celebrity photos involved Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of TV sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

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