English actor Joel Dommett is trying his best to laugh through the embarrassment of a private Skype moment going viral.
According to Queerty, the Skins and Impractical Jokers UK personality, 31, took to Facebook Tuesday to speak on a recently leaked video that purportedly shows him pleasuring himself while conversing with an unseen person.
Rather than let his name and face lead the message, however, Dommett, who participated in the latest season of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, decided to allow the section of his anatomy most directly affected by the exposure — his penis — share its thoughts on the matter.
“Recently, after being a relative recluse for Joel’s entire life (with the exception of the odd drunken public appearance),” the post begins, “after a stupid error on Joel’s part there are now pictures of me, ‘Joel’s part’ on the internet.”
“I was quite happy being a completely unknown penis and this new found fame is frankly horrific for me and Joel, although we have both [realized] that it’s better to laugh about it than cry about it (only Joel can laugh, but we can both cry).”
Going on to explain that the man that it’s attached to, Dommett, was a victim of online “catfishing,” an act where someone pretends to be someone else in order to trick a person into doing their bidding, Joel’s “part” then shares just how unfunny it is to be taken advantage of in such a vulnerable way.
“It’s a genuinely horrific thing for another human being to do,” the note continues, “to take advantage of what is private of someone’s life and make it public for everyone to see.”
“He [may have] chose to go into I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, and [some] people may argue that you are forfeiting a life of privacy with that choice, which he agrees with to a degree, but there is a line [not to cross].”
Dommett is just the latest male celebrity to be caught in a nude leak scandal this year. Previously, as additionally noted by Queerty, YouTube content creator Troye Sivan; X Factor alums Ellis Lacy, Shayne Ward, and Sam Callahan; and Jwan Yosef, model and fiance of Latin pop star Ricky Martin, also were victims of naughty, personal snaps that ended up online in either pictorial or motion (video) form.
Additionally, several notable females have also been crudely exposed to the internet throughout the years. Images of Jennifer Lawrence, Amber Heard, Kaley Cuoco, and Anna Kendrick were among those unleashed in a 2014 Apple/iCloud hack that took on the nickname “The F*penning,” as reported by the Daily Mirror.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” Lawrence relayed of the controversy to Vanity Fair that August.
“It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”
In closing, Dommett’s “part,” who is currently on a comedy tour with the funnyman throughout the U.K.,” implores those who come across the XXX-rated imagery like its own to think twice before coming to sudden and sometimes-incorrect conclusions.
“This is a new type of crime,” the note continues, adding a link to a post about online scammers who trick people into getting nude on camera, “[and this] is a good place to start to sort it out if it has happened to you.”
No word on if Dommett was insinuating that he had been blackmailed. Read his full statement here.
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