I was disgusted when my intimate pics leaked onto a fetish site, says Coronation Street's Melissa Johns
CORONATION Street's Melissa Johns has opened up about the mortifying moment her intimate photos were leaked onto a fetish site.
The 32-year-old – who plays Imogen Pascoe in the ITV soap – said she read "disgusting" things about her body written by online trolls.
Melissa was born without a right hand and forearm and admits it made her “hate” her body.
When her private snaps were shared online, Melissa said on Loose Women: "I was mortified. It was scary and terrifying.
"When someone disrespects your privacy like that and you find out your body in its purest form is out there on the internet for the whole world to see, however you think you'll feel, you feel.
"I cried and cried and cried. It felt like I had no control over it."
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In January 2018, Melissa was made the target of a nude photo leak.
But she hit back saying hopes the pictures show people that disabled people “send photos, have sex lives and engage in intimate exchanges”.
She said at the time: “I am proud of my body. It is beautiful. And I am entitled to enjoy it and to have a personal and a romantic life just as all women – of all different body shapes and sizes – are entitled to do.
"If any good has come out of this, it is to show that women with all different types of body shapes and sizes send photos, have sex lives, engage in intimate exchanges in the same way as everybody else.
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“My body is unique, beautiful, and representative of what is still a very under-represented demographic of people in our society today.
“So if this goes some way to dismantling discrimination, and showing that disabled bodies can be beautiful and even sexual, then that is a positive thing.”
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