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Jennifer Lawrence: Nude photo theft 'not a scandal' but 'a sex crime'

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Vanity Fair

Jennifer Lawrence opened up to Vanity Fair about her experience in the wake of the theft and release of her nude photos, telling the magazine: “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime.” 

The Hunger Games covers the November issue of the magazine, and though both the original interview and photo shoot were conducted before the hacked photos went public, Vanity Fair‘s contributing editor Sam Kashner followed up with Lawrence, who spoke about her feelings of violation and anger. “It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting,” she said. “I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”

Lawrence explained that she had attempted to write a statement, but “every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”

Lawrence said that anyone who looked at the photos is “perpetuating a sexual offense” and “should cower with shame” also spoke powerfully against the sites that spread the photos:

It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.

Read more of her comments at Vanity Fair. The issue will be available Oct. 8 in digital editions and Oct. 9 on newsstands in New York and L.A.

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