It’s been more than three years since hackers leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, yet the trauma of having her intimate photos stolen and splashed all over the Internet continues to linger for the “Joy” star.
“When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words,” Lawrence, 27, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think that I’m still actually processing it. When I first found out it was happening, my security reached out to me. It was happening minute-to-minute — it was almost like a ransom situation where they were releasing new ones every hour or so,” added the “Hunger Games” star.
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“I feel like I got gang-banged by the f**king planet — like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process,” she confesses.
Although one of the hackers was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Lawrence admitted she doesn’t feel like justice has been served.
“A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] — and none of that was gonna really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and [former boyfriend] Nic [Hoult], the person that they were intended for. It wasn’t gonna bring any of that back. I was just interested in healing.”
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In addition to the public embarrassment, Lawrence admitted that the experience also made herself question her abilities to be a role model for young women. “I think, like, a year and a half ago, somebody said something to me about how I was ‘a good role model for girls,’ and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter — I felt like, ‘I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.’ It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that,” she said.
During the discussion, Lawrence also discussed disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose company distributed her movie “Silver Linings Playbook”, revealing she knew of Weinstein’s reputation but never found herself on the receiving end of the kind of sexual abuse he allegedly heaped on dozens of other actresses.
“I had heard that he was a dog,” said Lawrence of Weinstein. “But he was always almost paternal to me. He was never inappropriate with me… I had been violated by a hacker, but I have never had a man use his power to sexually abuse me.”