Victoria Justice Takes Legal Action in Nude Pic Scandal & That Apparently Casts Doubt on Her Denial
After the leaked nude photos of female celebrities hit the Internet on Sunday, there have been a wide variety of reactions from the violated celebrities, from other celebrities, and from the fans. For example, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are pursuing legal action against the hacker and against anyone posting or redistributing the private images. Other celebrities have spoken up to support — or in some terrible cases, make ill-timed jokes about — victims of the scandal. Like Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice spoke up to deny her pictures were real and, unlike Grande, she made a genuinely funny and overall positive comment. However, she has spoken out about the scandal again and now Justice is ready to take legal action.
"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*," read Justice's original tweet. If she had just left it at that, that could have been the end of it for her. After all, unfortunately, most of the attention in the scandal is being given to Lawrence despite the fact that hundreds of photos have been leaked, in which only a few feature her. However, Justice tweeted again on Tuesday using the TwitLonger service.
"Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy," Justice said in the tweet. "There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake. I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
Unlike the other women taking legal action, Justice appears to be doing it not because the pictures are real but because they are fake. It goes without saying that taking a celebrity's likeness and pasting it onto an image that defames them or their image in some way is illegal. Former Disney star Brenda Song won a case against an escort company in 2009 for using an image of her as part of their advertisement campaign without her knowledge or consent. Justice's photographs might not be real and thus stolen from her, but surely she has enough of a case to get them taken down from any place in which they are being posted.
However, the fact that she has switched from claiming they are fake to saying that she is ready to lawyer up has already got people believing that the pictures are real after all. "Victoria Justice Confirms Nude Photos Are Real, Vows Legal Action", reads one headline and one Twitter user even tweeted Justice to say, "I don't know if you'll see this, but I hope you do. I just want you to know you haven't done anything wrong and you have no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed."
At this point, we have had no indication from Justice that the pictures are actually real, although the running theory at the moment seems to be that some of them were and some of them weren't. Regardless, we owe it to Justice to take her denial as fact until she states otherwise and to support her during her quest protect her privacy and her body.
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