Hilary Duff has found herself at the centre of a bizarre child sex trafficking conspiracy theory after posting a picture of her child on Instagram.
She has denied the wild claims.
Over the weekend, the actress noticed her name trending on Twitter after being accused of a connection to a child trafficking syndicate based on a now deleted Instagram photo of her eight-year-old son, Luca, in the nude.
The 32-year-old posted an additional clip andacknowledged that she showed a picture of Luca naked.
“Someone pointed out on Instagram that I did a nude of him, which I did, so we covered that up with sticker,” Duff said.
People were quick to react and suggested that Duff was attempting to sell her own son.
“The fact that (people) are saying (there’s) nothing wrong with the picture is a reason why celebs will never get caught trafficking their kids,” wrote one follower.
“I have photos of my kids ‘first baths’ and all that on my PRIVATE friends and fam only Facebook,” another person commented.
“And all anyone sees is a little bit of the top of a butt crack. BUT THATS NOT A BABY it’s an entire child. After about 18 months, nah cut it out.”
Duff responded to the “disgusting” attack on Twitter.
“Everyone bored (as f***) right now I know, but this is actually disgusting,” she shared.
“Whoever dreamed this one up and put this garbage into the universe should take a break from their damn phone. Maybe get a hobby.”
Duff’s representative also issued a statement to E! News which said” “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.”
“Everyone who knows Hilary is fully aware what an amazing mum 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.”