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Claudia Conway’s Statement

On January 26th, 2021, after removing the immediate reaction to the pictures, Claudia Conway posted a statement on the situation. In a series of TikTok videos, Conway urged followers to “stop calling authorities” and stated that she believes her mother was hacked (shown below). She says, “I know that my mom would never, ever post anything to hurt me like that intentionally, and I do believe she was hacked.”

That day, Kellyanne’s husband and Claudia’s father, George Conway tweeted the statement. He wrote, “Our daughter Claudia asked me to tweet this statement for her.” The post received more than 17,000 likes and 4,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).


Online Reaction

Many reacted with concern to the reports of the photo. Redditor 192_168_1_x posted about the incident in the /r/nottheonion subreddit, where the story received more than 20,000 points (95% upvoted) and 2,400 comments in less than 24 hours.

On Twitter, people expressed outrage. Twitter user @billg18211 wrote, “Claudia is trending because Kellyanne Conway posted a topless photo of her, 16 yo, daughter Claudia Conway online. This was supposedly revenge porn. Any questions if this woman belongs in jail or not?” The tweet received more than 9,000 likes and 2,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, left). Twitter user @Angry_Staffer tweeted, “If you see the photo of Claudia Conway circulating, please report it immediately. I’m not going to pile on to the rest of the commentary — I just hope the entire family gets the help they need.” The tweet received more than 12,000 likes and 1,500 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, right).


Legal Investigation

That day, officers from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Alpine Police Department launched an investigation into the post. Alpine Police Chief Christopher Belcolle said, “An investigation is being conducted. No additional information can be released.”

Media Coverage

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