Jessica Chastain has urged U.S. officials to devise a heavy punishment for the masterminds behind the Hollywood hacking scandal, insisting the stars involved have been “completely victimized”.
Intimate pictures of a number of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst were leaked on the Internet last month and further photographs of female stars including Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union were exposed in a second wave over the weekend.
Chastain has now condemned the leak and called for harsh sentences for the perpetrators, telling Sky News, “It’s such a violation. To me they’re not leaked photos, they’re stolen photos… Me appearing nude in a film is my choice and I find it so terrible that these actresses have been completely victimized.
“Anything sexual which does not have the woman saying ‘yes’… is a big problem to me, so I hope that we find out who these people were and we can go after them as hard as we can.”
Scarlett Johansson has also been targeted in the new batch of snaps, which marks the second time nude pictures of her have surfaced on the Internet. Christopher Chaney, the man behind Johansson’s 2011 leak, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for cyber hacking.
Agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the scandal.