Whitney Cummings shares photo of her breast to thwart extortion attempts

"If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me," Cummings said.
Image: Whitney Cummings arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in 2015.
Whitney Cummings arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in 2015.Danny Moloshok / Reuters file

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

Comedian Whitney Cummings posted a picture of her breast Monday night after saying people who had possession of the photo were threatening to share it and sell it if she didn't pay them.

Cummings wrote on both Twitter and Facebook that she had accidentally shared the picture, which shows her nipple, on her Instagram stories in April, but deleted it as soon as she realized the oversight.

She said some people who had made screen grabs of the picture were threatening to share them. Some were trying to blackmail her, saying they would share it if she didn't pay them. And some were saying they were going to sell the photo.

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"They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks," Cummings posted with the picture in question, along with a screen grab of someone on social media asking "How much would it cost not to share this photo?"

"When a woman in the public eye is extorted, we have to spend time, money and energy dealing with it, hiring lawyers and security experts, and living with a pit in our stomach about when and how we will be humiliated," Cummings wrote. "Y’all can have my nipple, but not my time or money anymore."

She said she wasn't going to share the names of the people trying to extort her "because some of them might be dumb kids" and "I wouldn't want the stupid ideas I had when I was a teenager to follow me around forever or else every time someone Googled me, they'd see me shoplifting a NO FEAR t-shirt."

Cummings, 36, later thanked her friends and fans for showing support by sending her embarrassing photos of themselves, some of which she retweeted.

Others expressed their support for Cummings' decision with the hashtag #istandwithwhitney, to which she responded: "Nobody is more bummed than me that #istandwithwhitney isn’t about Whitney Houston."

Cummings said the attention has led to additional threats from people who said they had access to her iCloud.

"I'll be honest, I stand by most of my nudes. Frankly, I'm way more embarrassed by all the inspirational quotes I've screen grabbed," she said.