After appearing in the heavily anticipated ‘Ghostbusters’ remake, Leslie Jones experienced the wrath of racist internet trolls.
Now, only a month later, the 48-year-old actress faces a second round of racist and hateful spewing – her website was hacked and personal details, including her passport, driving license and intimate photos were posted.
An image of the dead Cincinnati Zoo gorilla, Harambe, appeared in an apparent racist insult to the actress.
Earlier this summer, the ‘Saturday Night Live’ star suffered online abuse from Breitbart News editor, Milo Yiannopoulos.
Twitter banned Mr Yiannopoulos after he posted racist comments about the comedian. Jones called the harassment “gross and mean and unnecessary”.
An array of celebrities took to Twitter and used the hastag #IStandWithLeslie to show their support for the actress against the online trolls. From Janelle Monae to Ellen Degeneres, celebrities raised awareness to their followers of the injustice Jones was fighting.
Soon after her first round of hateful comments, the comedian took a temporary break from social media. In a tweet posted on 19 July, the star said: “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this [be]cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s**t I got today…wrong”.