Nude photos of Maria Kanellis have leaked online.
After various photos and videos depicting WWE Superstar Paige in sexual situations surfaced online due to hackers, rumors began spreading that this scandal involved other women in the wrestling world, including Kanellis.
It all began on March 17, 2017, when explicit photos and videos of Paige popped up online.
On the very same day, Paige said private photos belonging to her got stolen and shared without her consent.
“Personal and private photos of mine were stolen and unfortunately they were shared publicly without my consent,” Paige said on Twitter.
In the days after the leak, lurid material ranging from topless bathroom selfies to X-rated videos featuring other current or former WWE Superstars began to appear online, including Kanellis.
At least four naked photos of Kanellis — real name Maria Louise Kanellis-Bennett — are circulating online.
The X-rated images show Kanellis, who posed nude for the April 2008 issue of Playboy, in a series of naked selfies taken in a bathroom and on a bed.
It is unclear when the photos got taken.
These leaks are part of a large hacking scandal that has resulted in private photos and videos of celebrities being stolen and distributed online.
A few days earlier, private photos of actresses Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson began circulating on the dark corners of the internet. The leak — dubbed “The Fappening 2.0” in reference to a similar celebrity hacking scandal from 2014 — has targeted a number of other famous names, including professional wrestlers.
In the midst of the scandal, rumors spread that hackers had targeted other wrestling stars and more material was forthcoming.
“There have been claims that others will follow,” Dave Meltzer said in his report on the scandal in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The claim turned out true as nude photos of Charlotte Flair leaked online.
“Private photos of mine were stolen and shared publicly without my consent,” Flair tweeted on May 4, 2017. “These images must be removed from the Internet immediately.”
The photos show Flair taking multiple nude selfies in front of a mirror with her cell phone — which got fitted with a WWE-branded case.