Hollywood Nude Photo Hacking Scandal: Separating Fact From Fiction

Truth rating: 10
Nude Photo Scandal

By Michael Lewittes

Nude Photo Scandal

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Hollywood was rocked last Sunday when a massive hacking exposed dozens of personal celebrity nude photos.

While photos were quickly being passed around the Internet, several questions arose, including whether the pics were real — and who was responsible.

Meanwhile, some other outlets used the events to create false stories tied to the scandal.

That’s why Gossip Cop is here to separate fact from fiction.

First off, Jennifer Lawrences team was quick to get ahead of the story and acknowledge that the naked photos of the Oscar winner were real.

Meanwhile, Victoria Justice initially claimed the nude photos of her that leaked online were fake, but later seemed to reverse course and promised to take legal action.

Similarly, Olympian McKayla Maroney also denied the authenticity of her naked pics, but later acknowledged they too were real, and had been taken when she was still underage.

Jill Scott, who first said a nude photo of her was bogus, also came clean and admitted at least one naked pic was legit.

To date, Ariana Grande is the highest-profile star to insist that photos of her naked are photoshopped fakes.

Much like Lawrence, Kate Upton’s people were outraged, but confirmed the naked photos of her and boyfriend Justin Verlander were authentic.

And a leaked sex tape of onetime “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Findlay Brown was getting so many searches, Google was forced to apologetically remove it from its search results.

So, who hacked the photos and how?

In the initial hours after the leak, Brian Hamade, a 27-year-old Georgia man was suspected to be the hacker by some Reddit users, who drew connections between screenshots of his file drives and comments attributed to the alleged hacker.

Those rumors were wrong.

Instead, Hamade admitted he was just foolishly trying to scam others into sending him Bitcoin in exchange for supposed photos.

Kirsten Dunst, whose topless pics were passed around online, pointed a finger at Apple for being susceptible to hacking, even tweeted sarcastically, “Thank you iCloud.”

But that theory proved false.

Apple did NOT have any breach of its systems, and an investigation by the company determined that instead the “celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.

Sadly, In Touch used the “master list” of celebrities who were allegedly hacked to create a number of sensational stories.

The tab claimed Lea Michele was worrying about Cory Monteith pictures being leakedNot true.

In Touch reported alleged Selena Gomez drug habits would come to light via the the leak — Nonsense.

The magazine published a story that Kim Kardashian feared her “kinky” sex life would emerge — Wrong.

The weekly said Kaley Cuoco‘s secret marriage troubles secret marriage troubles would be exposed — False.

And In Touch put on its cover that Jennifer Lawrence’s private emails about past and current romances would be revealed — BS.

OK, but what about the report that there’s a gallery planning to display the naked pics of Upton and Lawrence in an upcoming exhibit?

That, shockingly, is true.

An artist named XVALA is going to include the nude pics in his next art show in Florida.

Gossip Cop will continue to separate fact from fiction as the hacking saga unfolds.

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