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Leaked photos of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team originated from player’s phone: report

Explicit photos of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team leaked online last week, prompting a police investigation, reportedly came from a player’s phone.

The University of Wisconsin released a statement on Oct. 19 confirming that “private photos” of the Badgers women’s volleyball team had been circulating online “without consent,” leading to an investigation by the UW-Madison Police Department for “multiple crimes.”

The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo of

The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo of
(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Photos were reportedly taken in the locker room after the Big Ten won the title in Wisconsin in December 2021.

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Police now say the photos came from one of the player’s phones, but she is not suspected of any wrongdoing. According to The Daily Mail, authorities do not know how the photos got onto the internet.

The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.
(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

“None of the players are under investigation and we are looking into the possibility that one of their phones has been hacked,” said Marc Lovicott, UWPD’s executive director of communications.

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Last week’s university statement said photos and videos that “should never be shared publicly” were leaked to the internet, prompting players to contact the police.

“The unauthorized disclosure is a material and unlawful invasion of the privacy of student-athletes, including potential violations of university policy and criminal statutes,” the statement said.

The Wisconsin Badgers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women's Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo of

The Wisconsin Badgers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship on December 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo of
(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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“UWPD is investigating multiple crimes, including sharing sensitive photos without consent. UWPD does not examine the Volleyball Student Athlete for misconduct in this matter. Supporting our student-athletes is our top priority and we are providing them with the appropriate services and resources.”

According to the report, 40 pictures and videos were put online.

Lovicott told the outlet that the investigation was a top priority, but called it a “unique case” and citing its “high-profile” nature.

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