Celeb Jihad, the blog who leaked naked photos of Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson in what was dubbed the Fappening 2.0, ignored requests to have the images removed Wednesday. The following day, the explicit pictures remained.
By Thursday, it was unclear how Celeb Jihad obtained the images, but they aren’t known for leaking nudes. In fact, they consider themselves a satirical website that publishes, “Rumors, speculation, assumptions, opinions [and] fiction, as well as factual information.”
In their disclaimer, the site explains they make up names, unless it’s about a celebrity who is being mocked. “Information on this site may or may not be true and is not meant to be taken as fact.
makes no warranty as to the validity of any claims,” Celeb Jihad says.
“uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
Even though there are dozens of nude images on its front page, Celeb Jihad does not consider itself a pornographic website. However, it acknowledges the X-rated material. “
…This Website contains adult content which may include images, text, sounds, and videos of a sexually explicit nature and are intended for a mature audience, by visiting this website, you understand that the subject matter contained herein may concern matters of sexuality,” the disclaimer reads.
Both Watson, 26, and Seyfried, 31, threatened legal action against Celeb Jihad.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her publicist told the BBC Wednesday. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
TMZ published the letter Seyfried’s lawyers sent to Celeb Jihad. “Your unauthorized use and distribution of the Seyfried Photographs constitutes, at a minimum, copyright infringement, violation of Ms. Seyfried’s right of privacy under applicable law and tortious conduct under state and common law,” the letter said.
Watson and Seyfried aren’t the only celebrities to fall victim to a nude photo scandal. In 2014, a hacker gained access to naked pictures through an iCloud and Gmail phishing scheme. A-list stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande were just some of the targets.