Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is one of the victims involved in the massive celebrity hacking scandal that led to hundreds of nude and explicit selfies popping up online. The photos started making the rounds on Sunday, Aug. 31.
According to BuzzFeed, the hack was traced back to a thread on 4chan with the original poster claiming that even more photos and videos would be leaked in the next few days. Shortly after news broke of the hack, Maroney took to Twitter to deny that the photos said to be of her were authentic.
“The fake photos of me are crazy!! Was trying to rise above it all, and not give ‘the creator’ the time of day… BUT…” and included a picture of a statue of Jesus Christ with the words “You, sir, need Jesus.”
Instead of receiving support, the Olympian was bashed and called names. Some fans told Maroney that it would be better if she owned up to the photos instead of denying them, the Daily News reports.
“shout out to my fans for defending me all day long… even when things got weird u stood by me. And that meant the world,” the gymnast responded.