Celebrity News September 29, 2011
Scarlett Johansson Defends Privacy after Nude Photos Leaked
Actress and activist Scarlett Johansson recently sat down with CNN's David McKenzie in Nairobi, speaking out for the first time since nude photos of her were leaked on the net via a cell phone hacking.
"The Avengers" star was traveling in Kenya with humanitarian group Oxfam to learn about the impact of the drought and famine that has devastated the area.
Johansson says she believes privacy is a right for everyone, including high-profile celebrities. "Who doesn't want their own privacy? Just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy. If that is seized in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong."
She continued that many people have asked her about dealing with the invasion of privacy, to which she said, "To me, it's an adjustment. There are certainly instances, I think, where you give a lot of yourself, finally you just kind of put your foot down and say, 'No, wait, I'm taking it back.'"
Johansson's lawyer, Marty Singer, has since sent a cease and desist letter to a number of websites instructing them to take down the photos. Singer wrote, "The highly personal and private photographs at issue capture our client self-posing in her own home in a state of undress and/or topless. If you fail to comply, you will be acting at your own peril. Please govern yourselves accordingly."