Bigoted Attack on Actress Leslie Jones Continues, as Hackers Post Photos and Personal Info

It’s “racist & sexist,” tweets Questlove. “It’s disgusting.”

Leslie Jones<a href="http://www.zumapress.com/zpdwnld/20160803_zaf_rx3_2165.jpg?type=hires">Wwd</a>/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


Update (8/25/2016): The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is investigating the breach of Leslie Jones’ personal website.

Comedian and SNL star Leslie Jones has been targeted once again with aggressive online harassment. Today, hackers who broke into her personal website posted what appear to be nude photos and images of her passport and driver’s license. (Whether the explicit photos and ID images are real has not been confirmed.) The hackers also posted on Jones’ website—which was taken offline after the hack was discovered—a picture of Harambe, the gorilla shot and killed recently at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Last month, Jones was the target of a deluge of online abuse related to her co-starring role in the reboot of Ghostbusters. Some of the harassment involved racial slurs and photos of gorillas posted to her Twitter feed. Breitbart News technology editor Milo Yiannapolous—whose antics are detailed by Sara Posner in her recent piece on his boss, Trump campaign director Stephen Bannon—was banned from Twitter for helping incite the torrent of racist trolls. Jones has yet to comment on the hack but described her previous experience as her own “personal hell.”

Jones later reappeared on Twitter to post updates about the Olympics. During that time, she defended gymnast Gabby Douglas from an onslaught of online harassment, which began after Douglas stood at attention during the national anthem rather than placing her hand on her heart. After her website was hacked, supporters quickly came to her defense on social media. Here’s musician Questlove and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE

We’re falling behind our online fundraising goals and we can’t sustain coming up short on donations month after month. Perhaps you’ve heard? It is impossibly hard in the news business right now, with layoffs intensifying and fancy new startups and funding going kaput.

The crisis facing journalism and democracy isn’t going away anytime soon. And neither is Mother Jones, our readers, or our unique way of doing in-depth reporting that exists to bring about change.

Which is exactly why, despite the challenges we face, we just took a big gulp and joined forces with The Center for Investigative Reporting, a team of ace journalists who create the amazing podcast and public radio show Reveal.

If you can part with even just a few bucks, please help us pick up the pace of donations. We simply can’t afford to keep falling behind on our fundraising targets month after month.

Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery said it well to our team recently, and that team 100 percent includes readers like you who make it all possible: “This is a year to prove that we can pull off this merger, grow our audiences and impact, attract more funding and keep growing. More broadly, it’s a year when the very future of both journalism and democracy is on the line. We have to go for every important story, every reader/listener/viewer, and leave it all on the field. I’m very proud of all the hard work that’s gotten us to this moment, and confident that we can meet it.”

Let’s do this. If you can right now, please support Mother Jones and investigative journalism with an urgently needed donation today.

payment methods

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE

We’re falling behind our online fundraising goals and we can’t sustain coming up short on donations month after month. Perhaps you’ve heard? It is impossibly hard in the news business right now, with layoffs intensifying and fancy new startups and funding going kaput.

The crisis facing journalism and democracy isn’t going away anytime soon. And neither is Mother Jones, our readers, or our unique way of doing in-depth reporting that exists to bring about change.

Which is exactly why, despite the challenges we face, we just took a big gulp and joined forces with The Center for Investigative Reporting, a team of ace journalists who create the amazing podcast and public radio show Reveal.

If you can part with even just a few bucks, please help us pick up the pace of donations. We simply can’t afford to keep falling behind on our fundraising targets month after month.

Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery said it well to our team recently, and that team 100 percent includes readers like you who make it all possible: “This is a year to prove that we can pull off this merger, grow our audiences and impact, attract more funding and keep growing. More broadly, it’s a year when the very future of both journalism and democracy is on the line. We have to go for every important story, every reader/listener/viewer, and leave it all on the field. I’m very proud of all the hard work that’s gotten us to this moment, and confident that we can meet it.”

Let’s do this. If you can right now, please support Mother Jones and investigative journalism with an urgently needed donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate