We’ve enjoyed dipping our toes into the muddy pond of celebrity gossip, following great news aggregaters like TMZ and Perez Hilton, publishing filthy laundry on the private lives of very public people. Problem is sometimes the truth is just that, the plain old truth.
September 2011, looking back, it’s plain as day that something was bugging celebrities on the internet, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis, Renee Olstead and of course – much to our shock-horror – Scarlett Johansson, all had nude, naked, sexting pix leaked.
We along with many others, stood around surmising that the Hollywood PR machine had simply wound itself tight around a stupid idea, naked pictures of celebrities would sell movies, seems we were way of base. In our case, we never published the Scarlett Pix, our heart just wasn’t into dishevelling such a wonderfilled actress, we did however buy into that most lurid of questions, might it all be a ruse?
Florida hacker Christopher Chaney was arrested last October after nude photos of Johansson appeared online. Officials had been investigating the hacking of more than 50 entertainment celebrities. Chaney was charged with accessing and damaging computers, wire tapping, and identify theft.
After his arrest, Chaney said he had become addicted to prying into the affairs of movie stars and did not know how to stop. He faces up to 60 years in prison, plus fines and restitution of about $2.5 million. Chaney will be sentenced in July.
Chaney hacked Hollywood stylist Simone Harouche’s email account, discovering a treasure trove of celebrity contact info, he then simply used Google a hand full of gumption and celebrity ego to pry naked pix from the unwitting celebs!? Nate Anderson at ArsTechnica.com has a pretty thorough rundown on the what went down: http://arstechnica.com/
From all of this – no this isn’t a Johansson fan site – Ms Johansson has come away looking rather cool and breezy. Chaney managed to get his hands on a couple of pix of Ms Johansson in compromising states of undress. Ms Johansson’s response was swift and overtly affirmative, she went to Vanity Fair and made the following statements.
She confessed she had taken them herself with her smartphone. “Those are old, from three years ago. They were sent to my husband,” she explained, referring to her now ex, Ryan Reynolds. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno—although there’s nothing wrong with that either.” Still, a dangerous habit, I thought, for a movie star. Worse than getting her phone hacked, she might make herself look bad: “You’re hardly a professional photographer.”
“I know my best angles,” she replied breezily. Cool, too, and smart was Johansson’s response after she found out she had been hacked: she copyrighted the pictures so that she could go after sites that displayed them.