Southern rapper Trina has cleared the air on her recently leaked nude photographs on said the person responsible was trying to extort her.
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According to Trina, her phone was reportedly stolen five months prior to the images leaking online.
“After months and months had passed, I felt relieved like, ‘Thank goodness that nobody had found it.’ Then here we go, five months later and look what happened,” she said in an interview. “I was just devastated to see how it went down. All I could think was how cruel of a person that it had to be to do something like that. How awful and horrible of a person you must be for that… I let the situation be turned over to the investigator because it was a criminal issue. You stole my phone, leaked pictures of me and then tried to extort money from me, and that was just taking it too far. I turned it over to the authorities and let them deal with it. I didn’t even want to be apart of it until you tell me that you have a suspect and were ready to prosecute. Actually, it was my lawyer that handled things. He went to all of the websites and sent out cease-and-desist letters. So I let the attorneys and authorities take care of everything and I just stayed out of it.” (Hip Hop DX)
Earlier this year, Trina explained how she lost her phone containing the personal images.
“I lost my phone and I had some pictures of me that I don’t want the world to see,” Trina said in an interview. “And I’m thinking, if it ever comes out, I’m devastated, but I mean, it’s not sex tape pictures but still, I don’t want you to see them, they’re not for you. But losing a phone and all this stuff happens — but it’s a wake up call…I just feel like, what’s personal is personal. I don’t feel like, as an artist, like I need to do anything to expose myself. I don’t need to put out a nude photo for press…I don’t need a sex tape of me and my, my significant other to be worldwide, for the world to see.” (STR8 NYC)
She later discussed what the images were about and the seriousness behind them.
“[The images are] me on a very upset day — I think I was in Canada, upset crying,” she explained in an interview. “Just personal stuff. Photos in the studio. I think [one] was me having an allergic reaction, breaking out. I just think it was my personal stuff and for someone to do that is so, so wrong. So now I’m actually having it looked into by the FBI and it’s gonna be a bigger situation than just leaked photos. Hopefully we can deal with the situation and put an end to it. I don’t recall being allergic to anything, but obviously, yeah [I am],” she said. “I was in the studio recording for a couple of days and just started having breakouts. And my doctor said you’re allergic to shellfish or makeup bronzer.” (MTV)
G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks shared his reaction to seeing Trina’s photos last March.
“Sh*t, the fact of losing music is embarrassing enough, but all that other sh*t like pictures and video… I don’t do any of that sh*t,” Banks explained in an interview. “You gotta know who you are as a human. [Laughs] If you’re sending somebody your picture and you’re just a regular Mo, then that picture won’t mean anything. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to be embarrassed. You can be a regular person that turned into a celebrity later. So that goes for the regular Moes too. Be careful…[For Trina,] I’m like ‘D*mn.’ That’s something I wanted to see for a minute. I ain’t mad at it. I mean, I don’t wish that on nobody, but it happened and I’ma look.” (VIBE)