Friday 26 May 2017

Laura Whitmore among Irish celebs now targeted in porn site photo hacking

Photo: Instagram/LauraWhitmore
Photo: Instagram/LauraWhitmore
Photo: Instagram/LauraWhitmore
Photo: Sunday Life magazine
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The latest twist in the photo hacking scandal of up to one hundred Irish teens has revealed that Laura Whitmore and other Irish celebrities have also had photos placed on the international porn site.

Presenter Laura Whitmore, The Saturday's Una Healy and Rebellion's Sarah Greene are among the celebrity women whose images have been uploaded to the same porn site that housed hundreds of selfies stolen from the private Facebook pages of Irish teenage girls.

Greene's thread includes a mixture of red carpet and personal photos posted on the actress's Twitter account, and the poster claims to have known the actress since she was thirteen years old.

"Sarah Greene... I've known her since I was 13, thinks she is so above everyone else now".

"F**ck you... posh b*tch... I went to school near where she did".

Comments left under the celebrities' threads are just as vile and violent as those under the photographs of the teenage Cork girls.

Katie Kirwin (19) revealed that threats of a 'sexual and graphically violent nature' had been left in the comments underneath her stolen pictures and that has made her feel unsafe in Cork.

"(My pictures) have over a million views... how many times have I walked down Patrick Street and seen somebody that's been thinking 'that's the girl from the website'?"

Yesterday, affected Cork teen Lauren Edwards revealed that she had been receiving strange calls from Dublin prison inmates. She told Independent.ie that the scandal "has taken on a whole new level... my life is being threatened".

Read more: 'My number is going around a prison in Dublin' - Cork teen involved in photo hacking scandal receiving unsolicited calls from prison inmates

Earlier this week, Katie Kirwin claimed that Gardaí were "doing nothing" about the incident, telling her "there's nothing we can do".

Read more: Teen girl involved in Facebook hacking scandal claims Gardaí are 'doing nothing' about it 

Katie also spoke out about people placing blame on the girls who had their photos stolen from their private Facebook pages. Speaking to Cork's Red FM she said that whoever stole the photos "cyberstalked" the girls for years.

"People have taken photos from public pages like camogie teams, basketball teams, school website... it's just not appropriate to say we need sense. We don't need sense, pedophiles need to be sorted out".

"There's no set formula (to protect yourself). If that was the case, there wouldn't be as many of us suffering".

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