Last night, the Internet exploded with private pictures of many celebrity starlets including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A hacker, so far unidentified, gained access to the iCloud accounts of the female celebrities and published them on sites like Reddit, 4chan and Twitter. The actresses have confirmed through their representatives that the leaked picutres are indeed real and they have requested the FBI investigate the identity of the hacker. Lawrence has been trending all over the Internet, as many have sought out her pictures. Blogger Perez Hilton, who champions anti-bullying causes, posted many of the leaked pictures on his site until the backlash forced him to pull the pictures and apologize.

Nude Photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Other Starlets Leaked Online

Many more actresses, singers and models have also been attached to this leak, though some of the nude pictures have been found to be entirely fake. Among those who have been purportedly leaked are Aubrey Plaza, Victoria Justice, Becca Tonin, Yvonne Strahovski, Kaley Cuoco, Ariana Grande and Lea Michele. Over the last few years, local and federal law enforcement agencies have been tasked with investigating leaked celebrity pictures. Their results have been mixed. Previously, the FBI has been called in to cases involving leaked pictures of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

Leaked Nude Photos: The Internet Response

The leak began arguments about privacy, legality and misogyny all over social media. The arguments seem to be over freedom of speech versus the degredation of women. However, this is more about the privacy of public figures than it is about free speech.

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