Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Nude Photo Hacking Scandal
In August, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Vanessa Hudgens and more leaked online. Three weeks after that, another batch of photos, including those of Union, were posted online. Now, Union is talking about the hacking scandal. Speaking to Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles, Union called the photo leak, “a crime.” Find out what else she had to say below!
Union spoke with Coles at the Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City yesterday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, while speaking with Coles, Union told her the story of how she found out about the first photo leak. Union revealed, “The day after my wedding, we were all sitting around, rehashing the best day of my life, and I get a text from my team that there’s an article that over 100 female celebrities had been targeted.”
Her photos weren’t leaked in that first wave of pictures, but three weeks later, Union’s photos were posted online while she was on a “family-moon” in Turks and Caicos. What did she do when she heard the news? Union revealed, “In the moment, I froze. I was mortified, terrified. … I just didn’t know what to do. I felt I had given so much of myself, but I had saved a little bit for myself and for my husband, and they had taken that from me.” After the leak, Union contacted the FBI. She isn’t letting this just pass her by, she’s taking a stand.
Union goes on to say, “I didn’t do anything wrong — no matter what people describe to me, ‘It’s your fault, you’re stupid to take nude photos, that’s what happens when you’re a celebrity’ — all this nonsense, … they’re criminals. What you do with your own body is your choice. Period. There’s no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it’s a crime. Period. A hacking scandal? We’re lessening it, making it more palatable for mass consumption, but it’s a crime. Over a hundred women were targeted — if these women weren’t celebrities, there would be much more outrage, but because we’re female celebrities, we weren’t good victims and we enjoyed it, all PR is good PR.’ That’s what they say.”
What do you think about Union’s statements? Sound off in the comments! Plus check out the essay Union wrote for about the experience for December’s Cosmopolitan HERE!