Teairra Marí in 'pursuit of justice' after ex-lover leaks explicit images
American singer Teairra Marí has spoken out against revenge porn after her ex-lover leaked explicit photos of her on her own social media account.
The songwriter, known for her song Make Her Feel Good, vowed to fight for justice after images of her engaging in sexual acts surfaced on Instagram on Wednesday.
Marí stated that she had been hacked by "someone who I felt was deserving of my love and trust" who "proved to be untrustworthy" and said she plans to fight back using California’s anti-revenge-porn legislation.
Her full statement on Twitter read: "Recently, my social media was comprised by someone who I felt was deserving of my love and trust. That person proved to be untrustworthy and posted footage of what in the moment was private and sacred."
It continued: "Moving forward, I recognize the need to be more cautious and discerning. My hope is for women to remain strong and dignified when they find themselves having to address hateful and juvenile acts by former lovers who find it difficult to act in an adult manner. Revenge Porn is a crime in California and I will be in pursuit of justice."
The term "revenge porn" is defined as revealing or sexually explicit images or videos of a person posted on the internet, typically by a former sexual partner, without the consent of the subject and in order to cause them distress or embarrassment. In California, violators of the misdemeanour face up to six months in jail.
The private images of the Love & Hip Hop singer were shared by many people on social media, with rapper 50 Cent suspected to be one of the culprits.
Reports remain unconfirmed, but according to music industry blog HotNewHipHop.com, 50 Cent uploaded a shot of Marí which was later taken down by Instagram.
Soon after the alleged post, the rapper, real name Curtis James Jackson III, posted on the social media site, claiming that he would not be active on there anymore.
Posing wearing a suit, with a glass of rosé wine in hand, he claimed that he was "going back to Twitter" because "they take s**t down off my page with out notifying me #censorthesenuts".
His departure will be a blow to all his fans. The In Da Club star was a popular character on the site and had over 17.9 million followers on his account. Meanwhile, Teairra Marí plans to fight her case against this particularly nasty form of cyberbullying.