Justin Bieber Nude: Leaked Instagram Photo Allegedly Showing Pop Star Fully Naked Sparks Controversy Online

A Justin Bieber nude picture showed up on the Instagram page of his ex-girlfriend Chantel Jeffries this week, sparking a controversy over privacy rights and getting the pop singer’s fans up in arms.

The controversy started this week when an X-rated photo appearing to show Justin Bieber naked popped out on Chantel’s social media late this week. The picture seemed to show Bieber taking a selfie of himself from above without clothes on. The supposedly nude image caused quite a stir, but as the U.K.’s Metro pointed out, it appeared to be the work of someone who hacked into Jeffries’ account and posted what turned out to be a Photoshopped image.

As the report noted, many Bieber fans figured out that it was actually a selfie Justin had taken while wearing pants that was altered to make it appear as if he were fully nude.

“But there was something fishy going on – it was the work of a hacker and some trickery.

“Any Justin fan worth their salt would have noticed something slightly deja vu about the image, given that the exact same picture had previously appeared on his OWN Instagram – without his penis in sight.”

The alleged Justin Bieber nude picture wasn’t the only thing the hacker posted. There were also a slew of angry messages, but it stopped when Chantel Jeffries got control of her account again, then posted a picture of herself with her middle finger raised to the hacker and a message that she would be in contact with her lawyer about the hack.

Though the Bieber nude photo turned out to be fake, it still stirred up plenty of controversy over the privacy rights of celebrities. Teen Vogue writer Brittney McNamara took the hacker to task, noting that it was wrong to post the picture — even if it was a fake — and also wrong for people to seek it out.

“But even if the photo were real, naked pictures posted without someone’s consent are never, ever OK. In fact, when it happened to her, Jennifer Lawrence correctly pointed out to Vanity Fair that leaking someone’s nude pictures is, in some cases, a sex crime.

“Many states have laws on revenge porn, or posting someone’s naked pictures without their permission (though there is no federal law criminalizing it). In New Jersey, posting someone’s naked pictures can land you in jail or with a hefty fine. Same goes in California.”

The report went on to highlight some of the other dark consequences of leaking nude photos online, including 15-year-old Florida girl Tovonna Holton-Teamer, who took her life after her boyfriend posted a nude Snapchat video online.

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The teen’s mother, Levon, told WFLA that her daughter was distraught after the video showed up online.

“Tovonna would say, ‘Mommy, I owe them; I owe them’. I said, ‘What do you mean you owe them?’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong,” Levon said.

This is not the first time that Justin Bieber has been featured in a nude photo without his consent. He was photographed going skinny dipping with girlfriend Sahara Ray during a trip to Hawaii earlier this month, with the pictures splashed across the internet and even featured (in censored form) in an extensive gallery in the New York Daily News.

The report speculated that Bieber may have purposely appeared nude in full view of photographers as a way to one-up his rumored rival, Orlando Bloom, who himself appeared naked a few weeks before.

Many of Bieber’s fans have risen to his defense online with the latest nude picture leak, tweeting messages of support and condemning the leak of the nude photo, real or otherwise.

So, though the Justin Bieber nude photo is definitely a fake, the controversy it’s caused is very real.

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