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Bella Thorne Dropped Her Own Nudes After A Hacker Blackmailed Her And This Is The Kind Of Violence We Need To Talk More About

There’s nothing like being the victim of invasion. Having anyone, let alone a stranger, go through your personal belongings, journals, images, phone, etc., is like being exposed to the entire world. You cannot help but feel naked and vulnerable. Living in today’s social media world, we put so much out there, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have control of what’s out there, even for celebrities.

There’s no question that revenge porn — when someone you know takes private sexual images or videos and makes the public — is a thing that everyone risks being a victim to. There are also random hackers that invade your accounts and threaten to release the images if they don’t get paid. These invasions are entirely illegal. Yet it still happens, and this latest case of an attack is brilliant, simply because she wouldn’t allow a hacker to bully her into becoming another casualty of nude hacking.

An alleged hacker threatened actress and singer Bella Thorne and told her if she didn’t give them money, they’d release nude images of her.

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The actress of Cuban descent took to Twitter to let the world know what exactly was going on.

“Yesterday, as you all know, my sh*t was hacked,” she posted. “For the last 24 hours, I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross. I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.”

Thorne said the alleged hacker also showed her nude images of other celebrities.

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“He won’t stop with me or anyone,” she said on social media, “he will just keep going.”

Throne told The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t initially report it to the police because she felt terrible for the hacker.

“This kid sounds like he’s 17, as much as I’m so angry and wanted to f*ck him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson,” she told the publication. “He’s still a kid, and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”

She added, “Plus, he’s obviously smart, so if he got on the right side of the tracks, he could actually possibly help our community and be an alliance. You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”

Throne said she ended up releasing the images herself because she was tired of men taking advantage of her.

“I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back,” Thorne wrote. “U can’t control my life u never will.”

As of this publication, the FBI is investigating the matter.

Then And Now: This Is What Bella Thorne Looked Like At The Start Of Her Career Vs. Now

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Then And Now: This Is What Bella Thorne Looked Like At The Start Of Her Career Vs. Now

Bella Thorne is living the life. The 21-year-old actress, author, and director was just in Venice, Italy vacationing with her 26-year-old boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo. The couple was there for the premiere of Todd Phillips’ “The Joker.” However, the real show was when Thorne made a splash on the red carpet, wearing a barely-there crystal and metallic stud mesh asymmetric gown designed by Lorenzo Serafini. That got us to thinking about Thorne’s personal style.

Her style and fashion choices have changed dramatically in the past decade, and some would even call her style radical but the truth is it’s not all her own doing. Imagine growing up in the spotlight during your formative, adolescent years during the mid-aughts. Fashion was nuts back then and Thorne went along for the ride. 

2007

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Thorne has been acting most of her life but in 2007 she got a role in the popular television series “The O.C.” as young Taylor Townsend. By then she had already been acting for four years, and you could tell she was a natural actress. Even though she was only seen in flashback moment in season four she definitely made an impression in Hollywood.

2010

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By 2010, the 12-year-old was coming into her own and was done being a little girl. Her look on the red carpet began to form and she was now a young lady who liked to wear makeup and have her hair in a cute and stylish way.

The young star, who had lost her father in a car accident around the time she starting out her career on “The O.C.” was going through so much at such a young age. But you could never tell that from her work or red carpet moments. 

2011

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In 2011, Thorne was a full-fledged Disney star alongside co-star Zendaya. She had previously be seen as Bill and Barb’s younger daughter in season four of HBO’s Big Love, so she was in high demand. The young star seemed to be a lot more confident on the red carpet. This was also around the same time she began to take on the music industry. Naturally, when you’re on the Disney network, dancing and music is part of the acting gig and she and Zendaya released the single “Watch Me.” This would just be the start of her musical career. 

2012

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As she continued her career in Hollywood both on the Disney network and by working on independent projects, it looked as if the sky was the limit. Her style was seen as that of a composed young lady who had it all, but that wasn’t the case. In 2019, she opened up her turbulent relationship with her mom.

“Dear mother,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry for the words I have said. I needed to get them out from lingering underneath my skin. I know your life hasn’t been perfect and I know that that’s why mine hasn’t been either, everything in life is a mystery but what’s not, is this infinite undying love I have for you.” She added, “Our relationship is f–ked up. I’m glad we are here, and I’m grateful we have time to mend. I love you, mommy.”

2013

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In 2013, Thorne’s career on Disney was done which meant she was finally free to pursue other types of projects and reach a whole new set of fans. This period included the release of her debut album, but coming from a Disney background she would inevitably get comparisons to Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus who were also Disney stars turned music personalities. This natural comparison could have been a turning point for Thorne and her style.

She said of her debut single back then, “My song is called ‘Call It Whatever,'” she said to Billboard. “You can call me whatever if you like me or not like me. I really don’t care.”

2015

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Thorne had a very busy 2015 with back-to-back movies including “The Duff” and the TV reboot of “Scream.” The actress was also having so many more liberties with her fashion and hair. Now that she was no longer attached to the Disney network, Thorne lightened her hair and began wearing more revealing fashions.

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Thorne really broke out of her shell between 2016 and 2017 by changing her hair color to just about every different shade in the rainbow. She also began wearing all sorts of body and facial piercings. She was also experimenting with makeup. In 2016, Thorne shared that she used the process of micro-blading for the very first time. Seems like nothing these days, but back then micro-blading was fairly new. In many ways, you can say Thorne’s experimental ways with fashion and makeup is ahead of its time.

READ: Bella Thorne Is Making Her Directorial Debut With Porn Film On PornHub

 
 

A Judge Denied R. Kelly Bail After He Pled Not Guilty, Is This The Beginning Of His End?

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A Judge Denied R. Kelly Bail After He Pled Not Guilty, Is This The Beginning Of His End?

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On the heels of Dream Hampton’s “Surviving R. Kelly” series on Lifetime, which detailed multiple sexual abuse allegations against Robert Kelly, it appears the alleged pedophile may finally face some consequences. Hampton’s six-part docuseries, along with the hashtag #MuteRKelly created a firestorm of renewed public interest in what might be at least three decades of possible abuse from the singer R. Kelly. Since February, Kelly has been indicted on multiple criminal charges, spanning incidents across four states: Illinois, Connecticut, California, and New York. 

However, the Eastern District of New York’s federal case against Kelly is just one of many legal battles the singer is up against as he faces what many feel is an overdue reckoning. 

R. Kelly is “irritated” by bail denial according to his lawyer. 

R. Kelly was denied bail pending his trail during an arraignment hearing at the Eastern District federal court in Brooklyn, New York today. The R&B singer pleaded not guilty to a host of charges, including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, forced labor, and racketeering. U.S. District Magistrate, Judge Steve Tiscone, who was “extremely troubled” by allegations that Kelly intimidated witnesses, ordered him to remain in custody until the trial. 

Prosecutor Elizabeth Geddes argued Kelly should be denied bail. Geddes alleged Kelly paid off witnesses to not appear in court while out on bail during the 2002 child pornography case against him. It should be noted Kelly wasn’t acquitted until six years later — that’s quite a while to be out when charged with such serious crimes. 

The judge agreed with Geddes. Later, Anton told reporters Kelly was “irritated” about the denial. Nevertheless, Kelly will be flown back to Illinois by U.S. Marshals within 48 hours of the hearing. 

Kelly’s alleged victims have waited a long time to see justice. 

The 52-year-old has dodged rumors and allegations of sexual assault since 1997 when Kelly, then 27 years old, was rumored to have married the 15-year-old pop star Aaliyah in secret. Kelly has denied rumors that he married or dated Aaliyah for years. However, in Surviving R. Kelly, Jovante Cunningham, a former backup singer of Kelly’s, claims he saw the two together firsthand. 

“On a tour bus, there really aren’t many confined spaces. When you get on the bus there are bunks and so these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anybody to see you sleeping,” Cunningham recalled

“So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing,” Cunningham continued. “When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.”

 In 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 charges related to child pornography but was acquitted of all charges by a jury in 2008. Gloria Allred, who represents three Jane Does in the Eastern District’s case, said there are reportedly 13 victims in total involved with all of Kelly’s cases.

It appears the tides are turning for R. Kelly after decades of organizing and sounding the alarm largely by black women. 

The “Ignition” singer has multiple cases against him. 

In February, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois charged Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse which alleges that from 1998 to 2010, Kelly filmed himself engaging in sexual acts with minors. In July, federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago indicted Kelly on 18 charges including child exploitation and violating the Mann Act by coercing and transporting women and girls across state lines for illicit sexual activity or sexual assault. 

Not everyone is convinced of R. Kelly’s guilt. 

While many have joined the #MuteRKelly movement, others remain unconvinced of the singer’s guilt. Kelly’s two girlfriends Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage appeared at the arraignment. They weren’t his only supporters — a group of women, one wearing a “Free R. Kelly” t-shirt, appeared in solidarity outside of the courthouse. 

One of the women, 50-year-old Ruthie Castro, told CNN, “I’ve always supported him for many years,” and remains convinced of his innocence.  

Many believe that Kelly uses his fame and falses promises of stardom to attract young, vulnerable girls only to coerce them into joining a cult-like harem. Kelly’s “mind control” techniques were revealed in a BuzzFeed News exposé, which seemed to further fan the flames of public and legal fury in the singer’s direction. 

In an era where we have a racist reality TV star as President of the United States, it is all the more important we remain critical and ever-scrutinizing of any man with a cult-like personality who adorns himself with young, starstruck women.