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Jennifer Lawrence calls nude photo hacking a "sex crime"

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Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Patrick Demarchelier exclusively for Vanity Fair

Jennifer Lawrence did not mince words in her first public comments about the nude photos of her that were stolen and published online this past summer.

The 24-year-old actress spoke candidly about the hacking to Vanity Fair, including the anger she felt after it happened.

"Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this," she told contributing editor Sam Kashner in the magazine's November issue. "It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world. "

The Oscar winner and "Hunger Games" star also said she tried to write a statement about the matter, but "every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don't have anything to say I'm sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he's going to look at you."

Lawrence also spoke about the legal ramifications of the hack.

"It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime," she said in the interview. "It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That's why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody's mind is to make a profit from it. It's so beyond me. I just can't imagine being that detached from humanity. I can't imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."

And she also had words for anyone who viewed the images online. "Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense," Lawrence said. "You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, 'Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.' I don't want to get mad, but at the same time I'm thinking, I didn't tell you that you could look at my naked body."

The FBI is investigating the hacking, and Lawrence is working on moving past it. "Time does heal, you know," she said. "I'm not crying about it anymore. I can't be angry anymore. I can't have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be. I need to just find my own peace."

The October issue of Vanity Fair (with Lawrence on the cover, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier) arrives on newsstands Thursday.

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