Claudia Conway apologized Tuesday for publicly accusing her mother Kellyanne of leaking a topless photo of her to Twitter, insisting she’d ‘never intentionally do that’ and says she believes the former Trump aide was hacked.
The 16-year-old posted a series of videos to TikTok this morning, hours after Kellyanne was accused Monday of sharing the nude image of Claudia using Twitter’s newly launched Fleets feature, which deletes posts after 24 hours.
The Fleet has since been deleted but has been shared widely online.
Having initially warned her mother yesterday that she was ‘going to f***ing jail’, Claudia reverse course Tuesday and apologized, saying she had acted ‘irrationally and impulsively’.
‘I have faith and I know my mother would never put something like that on the internet, same with me,’ Claudia says in one clip. ‘My mother and I we fight like mothers and daughters but we also love like mothers and daughters and I do love her.’
In a separate video posted Tuesday, Claudia continues: ‘Yesterday when I was made aware of the situation, I was distraught and reacted very irrationally and impulsively and it’s something that I do regret.
‘I know that my mom would never, ever post anything to hurt me like that intentionally and I do believe she was hacked.’
Twitter told Variety it is investigating the apparent leak.
Police in Alpine, New Jersey, where the Conway family lives, have not yet returned a request for comment. However, a spokesperson told Buzzfeed: ‘We know what’s going on with the Kellyanne Conway situation,’ but refused to disclose further details.
In videos posted to her official TikTok page Monday, Claudia confirmed the topless was authentic, and said, while believing it was posted by accident, that Kellyanne had been keeping it to ‘use against [her] someday’.
The allegations came just days after Claudia threatened to release ‘hours and hours’ of footage which she claims proves Kellyanne is an ‘abusive’ mother. Police also visited the Conway family home on January 20 in response to a ‘juvenile matter’, after the claims of abuse were made.
But in her videos Tuesday, Claudia pleaded with her 1.6 million followers to ‘stop contacting authorities’ and stop ‘inciting violence and hate’ against her family.
‘Please stop calling authorities because it only hurts us, more than it helps us – making threats, and what not is really putting my safety at risk and putting me in danger,’ she said.
‘I get you’re trying to help me, but by putting my family in danger you’re also putting me in danger.
‘So please stop with that, we’re going to handle this privately and I will never ever be speaking about this publicly.’
Claudia added that she and Kellyanne are both taking time away from social media to ‘work on [their] relationship offline.’
‘I will be taking a break because social media is a really dark place. So instead of shedding light on this situation, hate and violence was incited. And that was never ever my intention, nor my mom’s.
‘We will not be dealing with this on social media anymore, and we are both going to take breaks [from social media] to work on our relationships because we do love each other, very very very much. And we would never intentionally try to hurt each other – especially not in the public eye.’
Claudia also sought to preemptively stamp out speculation she had been forced by her parents to apologize.
‘Before you guys say this is forced, this isn’t forced. And we all do things and say things we don’t mean in the heat of the moment and out of fear and frustration and anxiety – and I’m sorry, it was not mature of me.’
Claudia told her followers on Monday that the topless image of her was taken ‘months ago’, and said she believes her mother, 54, took a picture of it when she ‘took [her] phone’.
‘Anytime she’s taken it, she takes it all the time,’ Claudia, who turned 16 in October, said. ‘She took a picture of that so that was on her phone and I guess she accidentally posted it or somebody hacked her, but nobody would ever have any photo like that ever.
‘I’m shaking. I don’t know what to do,’ the visibly upset teen continued. ‘Nobody would ever have that photo. Ever. It was on my phone. I don’t think I’ve ever sent it to anyone.’
Claudia added: ‘So, I’m assuming that my mom took a picture of it to use against me one day and then somebody hacked her or something because there’s no physical, possible way that anybody would have that photo of me.’
The teenager found out about the alleged leaked photograph from comments on TikTok on Monday and initially said she didn’t know if it was a joke.
‘I don’t know if this is a joke or not, but I’m like really scared,’ Claudia, who appeared to have been crying, said in response to the comment.
‘If this is a joke, please shut the f*** up. If it’s not… bye.’
The 16-year-old then told her followers she’s ‘at a loss for words’, and urged them, ‘If you see it, report it.’