Hilary Duff has responded to “disgusting” rumours circulating on Twitter over the weekend alleging her son was involved in child trafficking.
The 32-year-old actor had previously posted an Instagram story that showed several family photos taped on the wall in her house.
In the video, Duff said: “Someone on Instagram pointed out that we did a nude of him, which I did, so we covered that up with a sticker,” referring to a photo of her eight-year-old son Luca.
After Duff posted the story on Instagram, people on Twitter began to spread child sex-trafficking conspiracy theories about the Lizzie McGuire star. There has been no evidence to support these claims against Duff.
The now-deleted Twitter thread was similar to the fake claims made against Oprah Winfrey by the far-right group QAnon, which is known for spreading conspiracy theories. The group alleged Winfrey was arrested on sex-trafficking charges and her home had been raided by police earlier this year.
“Everyone bored af right now I know..but this is actually disgusting…..,” she tweeted on Saturday morning. “Whoever dreamed this one up and put this garbage into the universe should take a break from their damn phone. Maybe get a hobby.”
Everyone bored af right now I know..but this is actually disgusting….. whoever dreamed this one up and put this garbage into the universe should take a break from their damn phone. Maybe get a hobby
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) May 23, 2020
Duff’s husband Matthew Koma posted his wife’s statement on his Twitter account and wrote: “This.”
— Matthew Koma (@MatthewKoma) May 23, 2020
“Let me say this in the strongest terms, this is all a fabricated disgusting internet lie, created and perpetuated by trolls and idiots. Hilary’s own post this morning is all that needs to be said on the matter,” her representative said in a statement to E! News. “Everyone who knows Hilary is fully aware what an amazing mom she is and that requires no further comment. If only people with this much time on their hands used their energy to solve real problems in the world.”
Many of Duff’s fans defended the actor on social media.
Hilary Duff shuts down bizarre now-deleted Twitter thread accusing her of sex trafficking her own son. pic.twitter.com/1wTsTIMjCy
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2020
looking through the hilary duff trend, the way people will literally believe any damn thing they read from randos on the internet. i am literally begging y'all to please do better. pic.twitter.com/g5kwbvlSnd
— Luigi M. (@LuigiM227) May 23, 2020
Hilary Duff used to work really HARD, she was Lizzie McGuire, a movie star, a singer with multi-platinum albums and huge tours, etc. And she stopped working heavy in 2010 to have a family and become a good mother, she completely change her life to be 100% a mom, leave her alone! pic.twitter.com/HLRel4YoNP
— Hilary Duff Daily (@DuffDaily) May 23, 2020
Duff shares son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie, and she has a one-year-old daughter named Banks Violet with husband Koma.
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