Suffolk County politician says Twitter was ‘hacked’ after caught ‘following’ porn star

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone says his Twitter account was 'hacked' after it was discovered that he was 'following' a porn star. (Photo: Getty Images)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone says his Twitter account was ‘hacked’ after it was discovered that he was ‘following’ a porn star. (Photo: Getty Images)

(PIX11) — Suffolk County politician Steve Bellone says his Twitter account was hacked after he was caught ‘following’ a porn star, the New York Post reported.

But, it wasn’t just any porn star Bellone was following. The account in question happens to belong to 19-year-old Duke University student Belle Knox, who made headlines when a fellow student outed her ties with the sex industry.

Knox, who’s legal name is Miriam Weeks, has 105,000 followers on Twitter. She now has one less.

Bellone was following 267 accounts when it was discovered that Knox was among them. That number is now down to 266, and @belle_knox was notably missing from that list.

Bellone is married and a father of three.

Duke University student and adult entertainer Belle Knox has more than 105,000 followers on Twitter. (Photo: @belle_knox)

Duke University student and adult entertainer Belle Knox has more than 105,000 followers on Twitter. (Photo: @belle_knox)

“County Executive Bellone’s Twitter account, which is operated by his staff, has been hacked and an obscene Twitter account was subsequently followed,”  his spokeswoman, Vanessa Baird-Streeter, told the Post.

“A formal complaint has been filed with Twitter and to the third-party software used to assist in managing the account. His staff has instituted stricter security protocols to ensure an incident like this does not happen in the future.”

Baird-Streeter also said that the Suffolk County Police Department is currently investigating the matter.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner also blamed a hacker for connecting him to lewd material on the internet before he admitted that he was a serial sexter.  His bid for mayorship in 2013 was thwarted after new instances of lewd material surfaced.

1 Comment

  • EverFabulous Andrea Constantlyfighting Uphillbattles-Payne

    This seems rather ridiculous that this is a news story for him even following her on Twitter. People send random follow requests all the time on Twitter and that doesn’t mean you know who they even are. It wasn’t like he was direct messaging her like in Anthony Weiner’s case. I’m sure there are constituents of his who follow him on Twitter with sketchy backgrounds, that he doesn’t necessarily know or have one on one communications with, but is that a crime too?

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