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Circumstances seem to be worsening for alleged phone hacker Christopher Chaney, the 35-year-old charged with accessing the email accounts of Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson — most notably releasing nude photos of the latter onto the Internet.
The AP reports an unsealed search warrant for Chaney’s hard drive reveals it was used to conduct Internet searches on a woman who has accused him of online stalking.
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The unnamed Connecticut woman said in a report that Chaney has caused her “severe emotional distress” over the last 12 years, first contacting her via chat when she was only 13 years old. She alleges he’s since accessed several of her online accounts and sent her friends and family members “embarrassing” images and video. She isn’t believed to be a celebrity.
Earlier in October, the FBI arrest Chaney. He’s since been indicted on 26 counts and faces up to 121 years in prison if he’s convicted.
He spoke on camera with Action News in Jacksonville, Fla., shortly after his arrest, where he extended an apology to the people affected by the hacking.
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“I deeply apologize,” Chaney said. “I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience. I’m not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward.”
He also tried to explain how it the issue began, saying, “It started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive…. Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with the people you see on the big screen.”
Chaney, out on a $10,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday.
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