Iggy Azalea released a statement on Monday expressing her concern over the leak of her nude photos. These photos which appeared to be outtakes from her 2016 GQ photoshoot surfaced online over the weekend leaving her in a state of dilemma.
Explaining in a since-deleted note that she’s “surprised and angry” that the images had been released to the public and that she plans to press charges.
In a bid to stay away from ludicrous comments, Iggy deactivated her social media accounts asking fans to respect her privacy thus releasing a statement by temporarily reactivating one of her social media accounts.
“Today I’m a ball of negative emotions,” she wrote. “I feel blindsided, embarrassed, violated, angry, sad and a million other things. Not solely because I did not consent to this — but also because of the vile way people have reacted. A lot of the comments I see from men in particular taking things even further and sharing their thoughts and fantasies in regards to my body has honestly disturbed me. The outright wicked things people say is overwhelming & makes me feel like throwing up.”
For many wondering about the impact this has had on her personal relationships, she says “it’s like a nuclear bomb that explodes and not only destroys you emotionally, but leaves a path of destruction in your personal life.”
And she expressed shock that someone from the shoot still had the images, saying “There was no reason for anyone to have kept the outtakes from the shoot. I’m surprised and angry that they were not immediately deleted after the final images were selected.”
She ends the statement with the words, “I fully intend on finding out where the leak originated from and pressing criminal charges in regards to this. It’s important to me that someone actually be held accountable for their actions & the way it impacts my life.”
In the wake of this breach of privacy, photographer Nino Munoz, who captured the images in 2016 insists they were stolen.
Munoz addressed the controversy via Instagram saying:
“I’m outraged and saddened to find out that images of mind were stolen and published without my permission,” he wrote. “There is currently an investigation underway. Posting these stolen images is illegal and anyone who has done so will be prosecuted.
“I empathize with any discomfort that this situation has caused to anyone that is involved.”