The actress previously posted her own nude photos online as a way to “take her power back” after a hacker threatened to leak pictures of her – you can read more about this here.
An arrest has now been made and Bella has thanked the FBI for “searching tirelessly” for the suspect.
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On Instagram, she writes: “I want to thank the FBI for searching tirelessly for the person who made my life and others a living hell. I have felt violated many times in my life, but I thought I didn’t have a way out, so I made a choice.”
“My choice,” she continues, “A choice I didn’t want to make but felt I had to because I wouldn’t spend another day feeling someone was taking away from me my body, my soul, my mental health, and my love and hope for the world.”
“So thank you, FBI, for a step in the right direction and just one less bad guy to worry about. Today I woke up with hope again, and a weight lifted off my shoulders. But with that said, I still need to get something across that I have wanted to say for a long time.”
The star addresses those who have made “disgusting” comments about women.
“For all the people who think because a woman is comfortable with their body and how they portray themselves that they are ‘asking for it,’ for the people who think ‘she deserves it’ because she was there or had a beer in her hand or wore a short skirt and for the people that think because she took the photo she deserves to be humiliated with it – and she deserves for everyone to look at it and inscribe every piece and bit of her in their mind.”
“Or because she took the photo, she deserves that one moment to follow her, taunt her for the rest of her life through every waking moment.”
“To those who made those remarks, they were disgusting. I hope you feel disgusting. To those few people.”
“Sincerely fuck you” she concludes.
The US Department of Justice had released a statement prior to Thorne‘s comments.
The press release detailed that the suspect, 22-year-old Joseph O’Connor, was arrested on “multiple charges in connection with the July 2020 hack of Twitter that resulted in the compromise of over 130 Twitter accounts.”
“O’Connor is charged with computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat user accounts.”
He has also been charged with cyberstalking a juvenile victim.
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