October 7, 2014 10:49 am
Updated: October 7, 2014 10:52 am

Jennifer Lawrence calls nude photo leak ‘a sexual violation’

Jennifer Lawrence, pictured in September 2014.

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TORONTO — Actress Jennifer Lawrence has admitted the “disgusting” leak of her nude photos left her angry and in tears.

“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting,” the 24-year-old Oscar winner said in an interview published in the November issue of Vanity Fair.

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“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,” she fumed.

“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.”

Lawrence was one of dozens of female celebrities whose intimate photos were hacked and posted online.

At the time, a rep for the Hunger Games star called the leak “a flagrant violation of privacy.”

Lawrence told Vanity Fair she wanted to issue a personal statement at the time 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 people who viewed or shared the photos are as much to blame as those who posted them.

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame,” she said.

“Even people who I know and love say, ‘Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.’ I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.”

Lawrence said she is trying to move on.

“I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore,” she said. “I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace.”

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