When pictures of Victoria Justice suddenly went viral last week, it was assumed that the actress knew what was happening. But now, it has emerged that her phone was stolen and these pictures of the actress in a bikini were leaked without her permission.
The photos were initially posted on Oceanup.com, a website that "focuses on bringing you the latest in up-and-coming celebrity news, youth-centric trends and teen gossip." But they were soon removed from the site after Justice took to Twitter attacking whoever stole her phone and uploaded her pictures.
"My phone was stolen & some1 leaked this. Wasn't meant 2 be "sexy", I took it as a joke cuz I look like an 80's aerobics instructor.
"Hacking & stealing is NOT COOL.
"I would never post a picture of myself like that. I'm not taking this lightly & I will find out who stole my private property," she wrote in a series of tweets.
Sadly, not many people believe her phone was stolen and the pictures were leaked without her knowledge. A majority of them have raised doubts that it is a publicity stunt devised by the actress herself, as she is gearing up to release her debut album sometime this year.
A comment on Oceanup.com read: "You guys sure know her team planned it cos this kind of photos and naked ones help you to become famous just like sex tapes, but this is getting old already. There is no need to leave photos like this on your phone when you know that 7890 actresses and singers had their phones stolen before. It's funny cos they all plan it."
There are also talks that the former child actress, who starred Nickelodeon TV shows Zoey 101 and Victorious, leaked the pictures so as to get rid off the child star tag and land lucrative movie roles. "Indeed. If she doesn't do something like this she will only be a child star and never break out. Its really her only shot," another comment on the gossip website read.