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A Bogus Claim

Hilary Duff and her son Luca
Hilary Duff | Instagram

Over the holiday weekend, Hilary Duff started trending on Twitter, but unfortunately not for an update on the postponed Lizzie McGuire reboot. No, Duff was trending on Twitter because a picture on her Instagram story sparked a conspiracy theory that the Younger actress was sex trafficking her son, Luca.

Yes, you read that right. On Saturday, after Duff accidentally posted family photos including a partial nude of her son with lotion on his body, people assumed that Duff was involved in a child-trafficking syndicate and trying to sell her own son.

Duff Responds

Hilary Duff with blue hair
Hilary Duff | Instagram

While the claims were truly deranged, Duff felt the need to address the allegations on Instagram in her Stories and on Twitter, calling the whole ordeal "actually disgusting." She wrote:

"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."

In the Instagram video, she dismisses it as a photo of him with some lotion and covered up the offending bits with a sticker.

A Statement From Her Rep

Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff | Instagram

Not only did Duff address the conspiracy theory on social media but her representation also released a statement to E! that denied the allegations in no uncertain terms.

"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 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."

Support From Fans

Hilary Duff and her children Luca and Banks
Hilary Duff | Instagram

Plenty of fans came together to support Duff online, pointing out that these kind of allegations are dangerous and damaging.

"y'all better leave Hilary Duff the f-ck alone. child trafficking is a REACH and it is disgusting and disturbing that anyone would try to make such a claim"

"I'm back because i saw hilary duff trending and can’t believe my f-cking eyes. you people are mentally unwell. imagine finding out you’re trending online because people are accusing of you of sex trafficking your child and are trying to call CPS on you over a conspiracy theory"

"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."

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