Lucy Hale breaks silence after topless pictures leak

Lucy Hale has slammed the people who leaked topless pictures of her online.

The explicit pictures were published on pornographic website Celeb Jihad on Wednesday (21Dec16) after they were reportedly hacked from the Pretty Little Liars star's phone.

Following her attorney Marty Singer issuing a legal warning, the online hub removed the images, but now Lucy, 27, has taken to her Twitter to comment on the scandal.

She began her post by writing: "Well I wasn't going to comment on something so ridiculous, but since 2017 is gonna be about speaking my truth… I'm going to say something."

Lucy then continued to insist that while she is not happy with the images being made public, she will not apologize for them, or any part of her private life.

"Once again, a woman in the public eye was violated, stolen from and her private life and body were exposed for anyone to see," she said. "I will not apologize for living my life and having a personal life that is all mine. It's truly unfortunate that being exposed in this way is allowed."

Lucy concluded her post by thanking her fans for their support in the wake of the picture leak, while also blasting those responsible.

"Thank you for all the sweet, supportive messages I've been receiving. It was a much needed reminder that I’m surrounded by so much love. I appreciate you all very much," she finished up. "And to whoever did this… kiss my a*s."

Following Singer's letter threatening legal action, Celeb Jihad bosses took the images down, but later issued a statement in which they insulted the actress and her appearance in the steamy snaps.

"Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale had nude photos leaked online," the post reads. "However her lawyers have demanded that we remove them on the grounds of copyright infringement, but the real reason was no doubt because Lucy is making a stupid duck face in them and her t**ties are so small, saggy, and sad."

The message grows more vicious, even claiming Lucy should be grateful for the attention she's received from the photos.