Monday 9 December 2019

Diaz speaks out after 'Downton' nude pictures go online

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel during promotions for their new film Sex Tape
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel during promotions for their new film Sex Tape
Downton Abbey - Sybil

Claire Carter and Alice Philipson

Cameron Diaz yesterday called the release of hacked naked photographs of celebrities "a gross violation", shortly before the trailer for her latest film, 'Sex Tape', was used to accompany a leaked video of a 'Downton Abbey' actress on a file sharing website.

The Hollywood star said the hackers would be "caught and made examples of" after they claimed to have amassed images of 101 famous women.

But just hours after her comments, a trailer for 'Sex Tape,' the story of an explicit video accidentally made public, appeared before a 47-second video recorded by a naked Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Lady Sybil in 'Downton Abbey'.

The clip, called "Jessica Brown Findlay Leaked by Hacker", was uploaded to the Dailymotion site yesterday as Diaz was promoting 'Sex Tape' in the UK.

The site said the use of the trailer with the clip was purely coincidental because advertisements are automatically added to uploaded videos.

The FBI was investigating reports that the video was released by a hacking and picture trading ring that is believed to have been amassing photos.

Diaz said the hackers should put themselves in the place of the victims: "Whoever has done it, they will be caught and made examples of. This can happen to anyone. If these guys can do it to this group of people then everyone's vulnerable to it."

Dan Stevens, Brown Findlay's former co-star in 'Downton Abbey', criticised the "despicable behaviour" of the hackers and urged people to abide by the same moral code online as they do in the real world.

Stevens said he was "really feeling" for Brown Findlay, who is seeking to remove all trace of leaked images, claiming they have caused "extreme distress and embarrassment". (© Independent News Service)


Claire Carter and Alice Philipson

Irish Independent

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