Over the weekend, Bella Thorne made a courageous, impossible choice.
Faced with extortion from a monstrous hacker over her private nude photos, Bella released the pics herself to rob her blackmailer of his power.
This was a smart but difficult decision.
Unfortunately, The View's own Whoopi Goldberg slammed and victim-blamed Bella, scolding her for taking photos at all.
Bella posted her tearful response, and has now received a powerful outpouring of support.
Take a look at what fellow celebrities like Dove Cameron, Zendaya, and Lucy Hale had to say in Bella's defense.
Bella Thorne Looks Peaceful
Bella Thorne shared this tranquil beach photo, showing off her finger and nose jewelry. The author, actress, model, and singer looks so happy here.
Bella was hacked
A hacker taunted her, sending her a series of fully topless photos of her bare breasts, promising her that he had acquired video and more. Bella even told her fans and followers that he had revealed that he had photos of other famous women, too.
Bella's response was painful, but perfect
She posted screenshots of the terrible extortion messages, exposing the hacker -- and her nudes -- to the public. This took away any sway he might have had for her, but it was not an easy decision. She knows how cruel the world can be.
The experience took her back to a dark place
Bella was sexually abused from a young age until she was 14 years old. This hacker was not the first man who tried to exert power over her body and sexuality. To force her to endure this humiliation was truly monstrous.
Even her ex was worried
Knowing that Bella's photos may have been acquired from cloud storage, Mod Sun -- with whom she was in an open relationship until just a few months ago -- expressed concern that his photos could be released.
IF the hacker is foolish enough to do it
Bella said that she had already, and very correctly, contacted the FBI. Cybercrimes across state lines? That sounds like an FBI case to us. Hopefully, this miscreant will be brought to justice and the remaining photos and videos will remain private.