Whitney Cummings says she was targeted in extortion plot over bathtub topless shot she posted herself
Whitney Cummings said someone tried to blackmail her with screengrabs from her Instagram Stories after she mistakenly uploaded an clip to the site that showed her bare breast.
The 36-year-old actress/comic opened up about the incident in a series of tweets Monday, one in which she showed off the shot of herself, in which she sat naked in a tub while holding onto a sponge.
She claimed that the initial post was four months ago, and she’s since been hounded by the would-be extortionists.
The latest: Whitney Cummings, 36, said someone tried to blackmail her with screengrabs from her Instagram after she mistakenly uploaded an clip to the site that showed her bare breast
‘In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted,’ she said.
The Washington, D.C. native continued, ‘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.’
The 2 Broke Girls star said that the crooks who tried to illegally make money off her miscalculated what they had – and what it was worth to her.
‘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,’ she said. ‘If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks.’
What happened: The actress detailed the chain of events via Twitter on Monday
Cummings, a producer and writer on Roseanne reboot, said she blew off further attempts by the crooks to try and shake her down for cash.
‘Now I’m getting threatened with “we have access to your iCloud,”‘ she explained. ‘I’ll be honest, I stand by most of my nudes. Frankly I’m way more embarrassed by all the inspirational quotes I’ve screen grabbed.’
Cummings noted the social stigmas that come in a situation like this in which a woman’s reputation is threatened.
Troublesome: Cummings noted the social stigmas that come in a situation like this in which a woman’s reputation is threatened
Keeping it light: Cummings seemed to have her trademark sense of humor intact amid being threatened
‘When a woman in the public eye is extorted, we have to spend time, money and energy dealing with it, hiring lawyers and security experts, and living with a pit in our stomach about when and how we will be humiliated.
‘Because some of them might be dumb kids,’ Cummings said she didn’t want to name the people who were giving her trouble.
‘I wouldn’t want the stupid ideas I had when I was a teenager to follow me around forever,’ she said, ‘or else every time someone Googled me, they’d see me shoplifting a NO FEAR t-shirt.’
Cummings seemed to have her trademark sense of humor intact amid being threatened, as she reposted a shot her comedic colleague Bert Kreischer shared of his genitalia following an injury.
‘I hate what those dorks tried to do to you – here’s an embarrassing picture of my testicles after I fell on a waterslide,’ Kreischer wrote, to which Cummings wrote, ‘This is what a true friend looks like.’
Making an appearance: Later on Monday, Whitney arrived at Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood for a taping
Baby blues: The comedian arrived in a casual all-blue outfit featuring a baby blue denim shirt
No fuss: She paired her top with a pair of acid wash jeans with frayed hems and plain black flip flops. She had a large black handbag with a gold-studded strap slung over one shoulder