Actress Gabrielle Union speaks on the hacking of her nude photos in an essay she penned for Cosmopolitan magazine.
The "Being Mary Jane" actress learned of the threat of a massive celebrity nude photo scandal shortly after she married Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wayde.
"My honeymoon was plagued by thoughts of when I would get hit," she wrote for the magazine's December issue. "It was always in the back of my mind: 'Will today be the day my life gets ruined?'"
When her photos were posted online three weeks later, Union and Wayde released a joint statement, according to TMZ.
"I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women an children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide," the statement read.
"For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, suppoort and prayers. We have done nothing wrong," the statement continued.
Union maintained her stand when she spoke at the Fun Fearless Life conference, held at David H. Koch Theater in New York City on November 9.
"I didn't do anything wrong - no matter what people describe to me, 'It's your fault, you're stupid to take nude photos, that's what happens when you're a celebrity' - all this nonsense,... they're criminals," she said, quoted via The Hollywood Reporter.
Addressing women who fear of having their private photos leaked online, Union said: "I'm not gonna lie and say, 'Well, just get over it.' You're gonna be anxious, you're gonna have moments of fear."
"If you can't have a reasonable conversation with your ex, a lot of us can't, empower your self. Take the control back... Are we gonna let this define us or are we gonna be proactive?"
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