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When celebrities get ahead of blackmailers

These celebrities found a quick solution when they were blackmailed: exposing themselves first.

Some celebrities are quick to jump into legal action

With their high profile lifestyles, blockbuster paychecks, and status in Hollywood, celebrities are often the easiest targets for extortion and blackmail.

NikkieTutorials

In January 2020, YouTuber NikkieTutorials / Nikkie de Jager revealed she is transgender —because she was being blackmailed by someone who knew. NikkieTutorials has amassed over 12 million subscribers since she started making makeup tutorials in 2008.

David Letterman

In 2009, the Late Show host was the victim of a $2 million extortion plan in which he was threatened with the revealing of affairs he'd had with female employees on his show. Letterman decided to admit to his affairs — directly to his audience.

Jeff Bezos

The Amazon founder published emails from lawyers for the publisher of the National Enquirer — which was threatening to leak compromising photos of the billionaire unless he did as they asked. The photos didn't actually come out.

Sia

The Australian singer was threatened by online trolls that a nude photo of hers was up for sale. In November 2017, she fought back by releasing the picture herself. The image is watermarked with a "client preview" stamp on it, but is also accompanied with a message from the seller of the image.

Whitney Cummings

In April 2019, the comic accidentally posted an Instagram story showing her nipple — then quickly deleted it. Viewers who took screen grabs threatened her with publishing the image —unless she paid them. Cummings took to Twitter to denounce them. She also talked about it on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Bella Thorne

In June 2019, the actress posted her own nudes — after a hacker threatened to leak them. Thorne shared screenshots of texts from the alleged hacker with the images to her Twitter. Her decision to post the nudes was polarizing.

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01/15/2020 10:42 PM
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62 comments

  • Oonu F.
    06/23/2020 01:13

    Good for all of them 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 some people are just pathetic losers and they think everyone is like them

  • Bradley C.
    06/01/2020 21:39

    Who cares?

  • Ros F.
    05/26/2020 13:07

    setel masalah sndiri sebar gmbr diaorg.

  • Ros F.
    05/26/2020 13:07

    tunjuk trus gmbr bogel bg setel sorg2 🤣

  • Effrosene H.
    05/21/2020 02:16

    Had no idea about the first 1!

  • Liz M.
    05/20/2020 21:55

    I was born in the wrong body too I was supposed to be skinny 😭

  • Eliane F.
    05/16/2020 13:35

    Nikkie is trans????

  • Arbor T.
    05/09/2020 00:29

    Mental illness

  • Ee J.
    05/07/2020 13:03

    means her God make a mistake??😂

  • Clarissa W.
    05/07/2020 06:31

    There is like maybe one celebrity on this list 🤣

  • Myan E.
    05/05/2020 03:50

    😁

  • Ngaire M.
    05/04/2020 05:03

    You are so beautiful 😍 Nikkie ♥️

  • Jien F.
    05/04/2020 03:24

    wtf... born in wrong body.. can you just admit you stupid... rather say that born in wrong body.. seems like put all the wrong to GOD.. and basically your parent, your education is the problem... 🙄

  • Kelly D.
    05/02/2020 00:28

    Nikki you are beautiful, smart and so glad you stand up to haters. We are here for you!

  • Khalysse O.
    04/29/2020 10:50

    she look like the girl in Asda !!! 😂😂

  • John S.
    04/25/2020 00:56

    Anyone that looked at "her" knew 🙄

  • Katelyn C.
    04/24/2020 01:56

    How can someone threaten blackmail to out her "secret" it's pretty obvious she's transgender I would've laughed and told them to kick rocks if I was her.

  • Iwona K.
    04/23/2020 20:26

    Or just don’t take nude picks simple !

  • Terrence J.
    04/22/2020 19:25

    Who cares...

  • Rebecca B.
    03/04/2020 14:13

    Im shook