Iggy Azalea is vowing to take legal action against whoever leaked her nude photos.
The Australian rapper deactivated her Instagram and Twitter accounts after topless photos of her appeared online over the weekend, prompting “vile” comments on social media. The leaked photos were outtakes from a 2016 GQ Australia cover shoot and were never intended to be released, according to Iggy.
“There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot,” she tweeted in a since-deleted statement. “I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
She continued, “Today I’m a ball of negative emotions. I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad, and a million other things. Not solely because I did not consent to this—but also because of the vile way people have reacted. A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming and make me feel like throwing up.”
Iggy plans to launch an investigation and press criminal charges against the culprit. “I fully intended on finding out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this,” added Iggy. “It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life.”
Iggy Azalea releases statement following the deactivation of her social media accounts after GQ photoshoot topless outtakes leaked.
She states that a lot of women have done this topless shoot but it never gets released and she will keep her accounts deactivated for now. pic.twitter.com/NfEmjw7TJ0
— Pop Alarms 🚨 (@Pop_Alarms) May 27, 2019
The photographer, Nino Muñoz, has also released a statement, insisting that the images were stolen. “I’m outraged and saddened to find out that images of mine were stolen and published without my permission,” he wrote. “There is currently an investigation underway. Posting these stolen images is illegal and anyone who has done so will be prosecuted.”
He added, “I empathize with any discomfort that this situation has caused to anyone that is involved.”