The website of Leslie Jones was hacked on Wednesday morning and private information, including her driver’s licence and passport, were posted. The personal site went offline after the hack.
Along with the information, private photos were also posted. Jones, who recently starred in the Ghostbusters reboot, has been the target of vile, racist pictures and remarks since the film opened in July. The abuse became so frequent that Jones left social media for a while before talking to one of the founders of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who suspended conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, whose followers sent hateful messages to the star.
In the hack of Jones’ website, references were made to Yiannopoulos getting kicked off Twitter, spurring speculation that it was done by his followers. In a statement, Yiannopoulos responded: “I’m distressed to hear that Leslie Jones has been hacked and naked pictures of her have been posted online. I know we had our differences after my review of Ghostbusters but I wish her all the best at what must be a deeply upsetting time.”
When she did return to Twitter, the Saturday Night Live comedian’s social media profile was raised. Her live-tweeting of the Rio Olympics earned her an invite to cover the 2016 Games as a contributor for NBC.