Whitney Cummings leaks her own topless photo after blackmail attempt

Back in August of 2014, the world was rocked by hundreds of intimate and private celebrity photos after their iCloud accounts were hacked and the images were shared online for everybody to see. The extreme invasion of privacy not only questioned the safety and privacy of personal information, but also many people questioned who was to blame: the hackers or the celebs who took the pictures.

However, as a whole, I think most can agree that people should be able to take pictures of whatever they like and not risk having their privacy infringed upon. However, the very nature of these leaks has led to many celebrities being blackmailed after hacking their private photos.

Back in June, Bella Thorne "leaked" her own personal nude photos after revealing on social media that people were attempting to extort her in return for not sharing the private pics:

Bella Thorne responds to hackers. Credit: Twitter / Bella Thorne

Addressing her followers, the 21-year-old explained why she had made the brave decision to leak them first:

"Yesterday as u all know all my s*** was hacked," she began in a statement on Twitter. "For the last 24 hours I have been threatened with my own nudes I feel gross, I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see. He has sent me multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going."

Now, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings has followed in Thorne's footsteps to share her own intimate pictures, after revealing somebody had screenshotted an image showing her bare breasts and threatened to post it online. Taking to Twitter last night, the 36-year-old posted the following to her fans:

Whitney Cummings shares private pics Credit: Twitter / Whitney Cummings

In her tweets, the 2 Broke Girls creator said:

"In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.

"They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks. [sic]"

In a series of follow-up tweets, Cummings commented on the extortion of women in the public eye, and that people were now messaging her saying they had access to her iCloud:

In response to Cummings' brave decision, the hashtag "#IStandWithWhitney" started trending on Twitter, with people not only just sharing their support for the comedian, but also sharing their 'embarrassing' pictures:

To cap off the eventful evening, Cummings even joked about the hashtag: