Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union has been accused of playing the race card after comparing the leak of her nude photos to a hate crime linked to ethnicity.

Two images showing the 41-year-old in various states of undress first surfaced on 4chan and Reddit over the weekend and quickly went viral via social media.

One image shows her posing in a bathroom topless while the other shows her completely nude.

The Think Like A Man star, who is the latest female celebrity to have intimate images allegedly stolen from her iCloud account, ruffled feathers when she claimed "women of colour" have been victimised for years.

"It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures," she said in a joint statement with her new husband, basketball star Dwyane Wade.

"I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."

She added: "For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - we send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."

Union's remarks have since sparked controversy, with some critics insisting she is trying to push her own agenda.

"You had me until you brought up colored woman. It can be stripes on a zebra and someone will bring race into it. Can't the dude just be a perverted a*****e?" one fan said.

Another wrote: "How dare woman compare herself to the millions of real victims in life-threatening situations around the world. How insulting. You are only a victim of your own stupidity."

A third added: "Must people always pull the race card. I'm guessing the other couple dozen celebrity leaks were all because they were white."

At the end of August, scores of images allegedly stolen from the iCloud accounts of female stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst were posted online.

Although the FBI is on the hunt for the hackers behind the leak of nude celebrity images, a second batch of revealing images showing stars such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Meagan Good and Jenny McCarthy have since been posted online.