The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the purported hack of “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones’ website, CBS News can confirm.
Homeland Security Investigations, part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will look into the purported cyber attack on Jones’ site, JustLeslie.com, Wednesday morning, leaving explicit photos, her driver’s license and passport information on the site. The website was offline by Wednesday afternoon.
Celebrities rushed to the comedian’s defense on Wednesday.
“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig tweeted, “What’s happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, ‘comedians,’ whoever the f*** you all are, you’re just sad,” while Lena Dunham asked of her fans, “Let’s turn our anger at trolls into love for Leslie Jones and into strategies to protect all the heroines who don’t deserve this bulls***.”
Other stars tweeted their support for the actress, with Alyssa Milano asking fans not to share the explicit photos of Jones: “Support Leslie by not supporting the a**holes that did this,” she tweeted.
In July, Jonesafter she received floods of hateful sexist and racist tweets. The tweets came after Milo Yiannopolous, a Breitbart writer and alt right figure, taunted her on Twitter. He was permanently banned from the social media service after the incident.
The “Saturday Night Live” actress said at the time, “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”
Feig and original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd spoke out in solidarity with her,“These people, first of all, they’re insignificant gnats. They have no lives of their own, they can barely pay for the wi-fi they’re using, probably no jobs. I would say you’re looking at obese, white men between 50 and 60, who are active Klan members or members of the Aryan Nation, and there are millions of them.”