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Poor Selena Gomez -- just a few months ago, she was speaking out against cyber bullying, but now it seems like the Internet is out to get her. Around New Year's Eve, a picture of the 18-year-old Disney star kissing Justin Bieber, 16, made the rounds on the internet, although Bieber's rep claimed it had been photoshopped. At the beginning of the January, Gomez was spotted vacationing on a yacht with Bieber; the photos were met with the predictable misspelled Twitter death threats from Biebermaniacs. Then one week ago, the Wizards of Waverly Place star had her Twitter and Facebook accounts hacked and filled with vulgar updates. (To add insult to injury, the alleged hacker posted a how-to video showing how they did it.) Now, as if she hasn't been through enough, an alleged topless of photo of Gomez is being shopped around the Internet.
The supposed camera phone picture was being shopped to gossip blogs earlier this week, many of which refused to publish it because they couldn't determine if Gomez was underage in the picture. The picture shows a short-haired girl who appears to be Gomez; she is standing near the shower curtain in a bathroom, wearing nothing but a necklace. Selena's reps say that the photos are fake -- and they intend to take legal action against whoever made them.
"The alleged photo of Selena Gomez is absolutely not her," a rep tells TMZ. "Selena's family is pursuing all available remedies to deal with the offender."
We feel for Selena Gomez; why does it seem like the Internet is against her? Surely it can't just be because she's cuddling with Bieber (although we pity anyone who gets between Justin and his Twitter fangirls). We wonder if it's because Selena Gomez seems to be the one teen starlet whose reputation is in tact. With fellow Disney proteges Miley Cyrus doing bong hits and Demi Lovato in rehab, it seems inevitable that Selena is heading for a fall. Maybe cynical Internet users are just trying to speed things up. Gomez seems like a sweet girl -- and unfortunately, she has little recourse against people attacking her on the Internet, which is basically legal. We just hope she's strong enough to stand her ground until the cyberbullies move on to other targets.
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