Man jailed for hacking Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos

The man's lawyer said he was 'suffering from depression' at the time of the incident.

A 29-year-old Chicago man has been jailed for hacking into Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities’ online accounts.

Edward Majerczyk will spend nine months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing private information including nude photos and videos.

Though Majerczyk was ordered to pay an unnamed celebrity £4,900 after their photos were shared online, he wasn’t accused of selling or posting the material himself, the BBC reports.

His lawyer Thomas Needham said in a sentencing memo that Majerczyk was “suffering from depression” at the time of the incident. He claimed that Majerczyk “consistently expressed remorse” for the hack, which also resulted in intimate pictures of other celebrities including Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton appearing online.

Needham added: “He looked to pornography websites and internet chat rooms in an attempt to fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.”

After nude photos of her leaked in 2014, Lawrence’s spokesperson called it a “flagrant violation of her privacy”. The actress later said of the incident in an interview with Vanity Fair: “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime… it’s disgusting.”

In a separate case, 36-year-old Ryan Collins was jailed for 18 months earlier this year for his role in leaking Lawrence’s nude photos.