What started as a case of celebrity trolling with ugly racist overtones has now become a criminal matter. The website TMZ is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now looking into who hacked Leslie Jones’ website and posted sensitive personal documents and embarrassing nude photos of the Saturday Night Live star. It is the latest cyber bullying fiasco for the comedian who became a target after starring in the Ghostbusters reboot earlier this summer.
Following Ghostbusters release, a phalanx of internet trolls inundated Leslie Jones’ inbox with racist messages and memes. This followed tweets panning the movie and insulting Jones by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. A distraught Jones briefly quit Twitter but returned after the social media service banned Yiannopoulos for life, on the grounds that he encouraged and orchestrated cyber bullying attacks on Jones and others. A genuinely hilarious internet presence, known for her awesome live tweeting of the HBO series Game Of Thrones, Jones went on to live tweet the Olympics for NBC.
According to unnamed, the FBI are currently formulating a plan of attack to track down the person or people who hacked Jones’ iCloud, cellphone and website. It is unknown at this time whether the investigation will be conducted out of the Bureau’s East Coast or West Coast divisions.
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.