The comedian has spoken of how he was blackmailed by the owners of Twitter account ‘Celebrity Busted’ when they obtained a video of him in an explicit Skype call.
Joel penned an article about his embarrassment for the BBC after his tape hit the web earlier this year.
In it, he revealed how he had been messaged by a woman on Twitter who had a raunchy proposal for him.
Two years later, he was among a list of male stars who Celebrity Busted claimed to have nude pictures of, and after he contacted them, they tried to blackmail him into paying them to stop the video from leaking.
“I obviously knew that no matter how much I pay it wouldn’t make anything go away,” he explained. “We are past the days where you go to Boots to develop your photographs; there are now limitless copies on your laptop.
Some investigative work of his own then led him to discover he had been catfished, and the woman who he was messaging, turned out not to be who they said they were.
Joel, who is appearing on the new series of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ alongside the likes of Carol Vorderman, Ola Jordan, Larry Lamb and Scarlett Moffatt, is just one of a number of high-profile male celebrities who’ve had explicit images leaked recently.
Rugby player Ben Cohen, Olympian Louis Smith, former ‘X Factor’ star Jake Quickenden, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ winner James Hill and ‘Coronation Street’ actor Shayne Ward have all fallen victim to similar leaks over the past few weeks.
Jake was quick to brush off his own nude images, telling the Daily Star: “I don’t know what the big deal is, every man has one.”
‘I’m A Celebrity’ launches on Sunday (13 November) at 9pm on ITV.