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One Direction's Liam Payne denies naked 'gay' photos leaked are of him

By Jenn Selby

It isn’t just actresses and female singers who have been victims to one of the biggest breaches of privacy in recent history – the nude photo hacking scandal.

Liam Payne has also fallen prey to online pranksters, after a series of false naked photographs of him, that had been Photoshopped with another man in the background, surfaced on social media on Sunday.

The One Direction singer took to Twitter to deny the authenticity of the "gay" pictures.

He posted: "Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that[sic]."

However, after receiving some tweets from gay fans questioning his seeming offence at the false photographic reference to his sexuality, he posted: "I'm 100% not homophobic. But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am I'm gunna say I'm not which does not make me a homophobe."

Several of the images – in particular, two of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence – quickly circulated on Twitter.

The original list had also included Olsen and Hudgens, as well as Ariana Grande, Jessica Brown Findlay, Mary E Winstead,  Mary E Winstead, Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Kaley Cuoco.

The FBI and Apple are both conducting investigations into the apparent widespread invasion of personal accounts thought to be connected to the iCloud service.

A spokesperson for Lawrence said at the time: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."

Justice and Grande both said that the pictures were fake, although Lawrence’s spokesperson verified their authenticity.

Representatives for Upton said they were "looking into" the authenticity of the intimate images.

Ricky Gervais went on a back tracking spree on the social media site after he was criticised for 'victim blaming', while Emma Watson also took to Twitter to voice her condemnation of the breach.

Source: Independent


Further reading:

Rihanna 'naked pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues

Kim Kardashian among victims of new 4chan nude photo leak 

Jennifer Lawrence to chair Met Gala 

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