'Perverted and Reprehensible': Scarlett Johansson Speaks Out on Nude Photo Hacking
Christopher Chaney, the skilled 35-year-old hacker who infiltrated the email accounts of 50 celebrities and disseminated nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, is serving 10 years for his crimes -- and Johansson's testimony in part helped put him away.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, in a taped deposition played ahead of Chaney's sentencing on Monday, Johansson said Chaney's hacking of her then-husband Ryan Reynolds' account -- where Chaney obtained the nude photos, which he later forwarded to a second hacker and two celebrity websites -- left her "truly humiliated and embarrassed." She later characterized his actions as "perverted and reprehensible."
Another victim, Christina Aguilera, also taped a statement, telling Judge S. James Otero, "That feeling of security can never be given back, and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy."
A third victim, The Secret Life of an American Teenager's 23-year-old star, Renee Olstead, appeared in court to testify in person.
"I just really hope this doesn't happen to someone else," Olstead said, weeping. "You can lose everything because of the actions of a stranger."
Olstead said she comes from a conservative family and that she considered suicide after the nude photos were released.
A press release announcing the verdict from law enforcement authorities warned that citizens need to do more to safeguard their identities and personal information from being stolen on the Internet.