That’s both a relief and scary at the same time.
It’s a relief because she’s avoiding the embarrassment that some hacked celebrities are feeling since scores of private photos–some virtually pornographic–were published on social sharing sites over the Labor Day Holiday.
Actresses from Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst to supermodel Kate Upton have acknowledged their photos are real.
In fact, reps for Lawrence and Upton have threatened to sue any one who publishes the photos for violating copyrights.
But Justice simply said the photos are not her, even though it’s also scary to think someone resembles the 21-year-old actress so closely.
That could almost be as unnerving as if the photos were real. But they’re not. Because she said so.
“Those so-called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*” she wrote on Twitter.
But now she’s changed her tune. She released the following statment tonight (Sept. 3):
Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. 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.
Of course, thanks to the wonders of digital editing, fake celebrity photos are all over the Internet.
Emma Watson was the victim of one such sleight-of-hand two years ago.
A purported nude photo circulated at Brown University when she was a student there. As it turned out, her head has been super-imposed on another woman’s body.
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and countless other celebrities have found themselves in the same boat.
But several of the Justice nude photos had too many elements, including moles and other identifying characteristics, signifying they were real, according to those who have seen them.