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People: Nude photo viewing ‘sexual offense,’ Lawrence says

From wire reports

The people who chose to look at nude celebrity photos that hackers posted committed “a sexual offense,” actress Jennifer Lawrence says in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair in its November issue.

The Oscar winner, who was among dozens of celebrities whose photos were posted beginning on Aug. 31, attacked both the hackers and those who sought out the photos in the interview, which marked the first time she had publicly commented.

“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she said about the hackers. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”

Of those who looked at the photos, she said, “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame.”

The 24-year-old said the photos were taken for her boyfriend of four years, actor Nicholas Hoult, adding that the hardest phone call she had to make was to her father, telling him that the photos were stolen and posted on the Web.

Apple acknowledged computer hackers targeted and then broke into the accounts of Lawrence and several other stars whose revealing photos were posted on sites like Imgur.com, Reddit and Twitter, among others, during the Labor Day weekend; the FBI previously confirmed it was investigating.

Police look into molestation claims

New York police say they have an open investigation into allegations that veteran TV actor Stephen Collins molested a teenage girl in the early 1970s.

A police spokesman said the complaint was filed in 2012 accusing Collins, 67, of forcing a then-14-year-old girl to commit a lewd act in 1972. The case remains open, but no charges have been filed.

Celebrity website TMZ reported Tuesday that Collins discussed the incident in a therapy session with his estranged wife, Faye Grant. Grant also included allegations her husband admitted the molestation in documents filed in their divorce case last year.

O.J. Simpson case part of miniseries

The FX network is joining with “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy on a true-crime anthology miniseries. First up: the O.J. Simpson murder case.

The 1994 killing of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, and Simpson’s arrest and trial led to a prolonged media frenzy. The NFL Hall of Famer and former TV and movie star was acquitted in the case but is in prison for an unrelated robbery.

FX did not announce the casting or air date for the first season of “American Crime Story.”

The birthday bunch

Actor Paul Hogan is 75. Comedian Chevy Chase is 71. Author R.L. Stine is 71. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 65. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 59. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 44. Singer-songwriter-producer Bruno Mars is 29. Actor Angus T. Jones is 21. Actress Molly Quinn is 21.

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