Christopher Chaney faces up to 121 years in prison if convicted over 'Operation Hackerazzi'
The man at the centre of the Scarlett Johansson naked photo controversy has pleaded not guilty to the hacking of email accounts.
Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida, faces 26 charges, including unauthorised access to a computer and wiretapping. If convicted, he faces up to 121 years in prison, according to BBC News. A trial is set for December.
Naked pictures of Johansson ended up online in September, which the actress said were intended for her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds. She said of them: “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.” Shortly after they emerged she told news network CNN that the invasion of her privacy was “unjust”.
The judge at the California court turned down prosecutor requests that Chaney be remanded in custody, but ordered bail of $110,000 (£68,689) and stipulated that he be fitted with an electronic tag.
The 35-year-old was arrested as part of a year-long investigation dubbed ‘Operation Hackerazzi’. Chaney is accused of trawling through celebrity email accounts after working out their passwords and forwarding messages to an account he controlled. Other alleged victims include Mila Kunis.
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