Perez Hilton sorry for posting naked celebrity photos

02/09/14

Perez Hilton

A quick glance at social media suggests that more than a couple of you are searching for those naked celebrity images that have been leaked online.

For a while, you didn't need to look any further than Perez Hilton's gossip site after he published a handful of them.

He has since taken them down with an apology that he acted in "haste".

The images he posted included ones reported to be of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice.

In a series of tweets, Hilton said he had decided to remove the naked ones from his site. He then had a change of heart and removed the censored ones too.

Tweet from @PerezHilton reading: "No, I haven't been forced to do so or been contacted by their reps, but I am removing those uncensored photos of JLaw and Victoria Justice."
Tweet from @PerezHilton reading: "I acted in haste just to get the post up and didn't really think things through, I'm sorry."
Tweet from @PerezHilton reading: "At work we often have to make quick decisions. I made a really bad one today and then made it worse. I feel awful and am truly sorry."
Tweet from @PerezHilton reading: "Upon further reflection and just sitting with my actions, I don't feel comfortable even keeping the censored photos up. I am removing them."

Representatives for Jennifer Lawrence have issued a statement to Newsbeat, saying: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy.

"The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."

Perez Hilton has not confirmed whether he has read that statement himself.

The blogger later posted a video saying that he would not post "intimate photos like that" and that he is trying to "think of other ways to make things right".

He added: "A lot of you let me know my actions were wrong. I didn't even stop to think about my actions, I just wanted to get this out there as soon as possible."

The 36-year-old said he would "use this as an opportunity to learn from and grow from and make some changes going forward".

The FBI is now looking into allegations that the intimate pictures of celebrities were stolen and posted online.

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