Remember when hackers stole nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, including Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, in 2014? Jennifer Lawrence didn’t apologize for being photographed and attacked, like many young actresses were forced to do before her, but stood her ground and condemned the hackers and those who viewed the photos. It was a powerful moment that feels like it anticipated #MeToo.
It’s been a long time coming, but the last hacker involved in the crime, George Garofano (we’ll call him “Sleazebag #4”) has been sentenced to eight months in prison and three years of supervised release. This is the end of a long investigation by Apple and the FBI into the targeted hacks. The Sleazebags used a phishing scam to steal passwords from over 200 celebrities (and other users) and access private Gmail and Apple Mail accounts. They then leaked the photos they found in 2014. The three other hackers, Sleazebag #1, #2, and #3, have already been locked up.
Lawrence quickly emerged as the leading voice in condemning the hackers and reminding all of us that there is nothing wrong with sharing intimate images with your partners and nothing to apologize for—but it is a gross violation to steal those images and release them to the public. Lawrence said, “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime.” PREACH.
When she heard the news that Garofano had been sentenced to prison, Lawrence released a quiet but celebratory tweet.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLdaily) August 30, 2018
Rot in prison, Sleazebags!