For the first time, Jennifer Lawrence is speaking out about the “sexual violation” she experienced when her nude photos hit the Internet.
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” the Oscar winner told Vanity Fair for their November issue, which features the gorgeous 24-year-old on the cover.
“It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these web sites are responsible. 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. 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.”
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Jen also had a strong message for those who said the invasion of privacy “came with the territory” of being a celebrity.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean I asked for this,” she said. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.”
In reaction to the pictures, Jen initially drafted an apology—but ultimately decided she didn’t have anything to be sorry for.
“I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years,” she told the mag. “It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
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Jen explained that the most difficult part was telling her father—though he was golfing and, luckily, in a good mood.
“When I have to make that phone call to my dad and tell him what’s happened … I don’t care how much money I get for The Hunger Games. I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it’s not worth it.”
Ultimately, she wanted to make sure everyone who looked at the pictures to know they were guilty of what she considers a “sex crime.”
“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame,” she told Vanity Fair.
“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.”