Scarlett Johansson nude hacker Christopher Chaney gave a remarkable interview to a local Florida television station and already appears to be sowing the seeds for a defense, should he go to trial –celebrity addiction!
Don’t most people suffer from celebrity addiction to some degree? Except Chaney took it to the extreme by hacking into cell phones and e-mail accounts of hot actresses from ScarJo to Mila Kunis.
The only problem is he now faces a maximum 121 years in federal prison, if convicted of all 26 counts of computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and wiretapping, according to reports.
At the least, he could get two and a half years in prison, the mandatory sentence for aggravated identity theft, if he cops a plea deal.
But Chaney, 35, talked about his deeds in terms of an addiction, and he could use that as a defense to plead not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.
The Florida man said he got into hacking innocently enough, out of curiosity about the stars he watched on the big screen in movies.
But slowly that curiosity grew into an addiction until he was relieved that he was caught, he said, suggesting he couldn’t stop on his own.
Since sex addiction is a recognized medical condition, why not celebrity addiction? Hollywood is constantly cranking out a steady dose of fantasy surrounding its stars
A paparazzi-driven pop culture, encouraged by Web sites like TMZ and radaronline, among others, thrives off of photos of celebrities doing the most mundane things, inviting voyeurism.
How much do celebrities and their publicists encourage that?
“I wasn’t saving the emails to blackmail someone,” Chaney says in the interview. “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,” he said.
Indeed, Chaney was able to peer into the most intimate world of celebrities seen by only very close friends, partners or maybe even only the stars themselves.
What motivated Johansson to take nude photos of herself with her cellphone, and leave them there?
She certainly has a right to, but she has yet to answer that question.
And why have so many private nude photos of so many celebrities gone viral on the Internet?
The list includes Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively, Ashley Greene, Christina Aguilera, Hayley Williams, Jessica Alba and others.
“I deeply apologize,” Chaney told the interviewer at Jacksonville’s local Fox television station.
“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.”
“It happened and snowballed. … I didn’t know how to stop doing it,” he said.
We conclude by citing no less a legal expert on these matters than Otter in National Lampoon’s 1978 film “Animal House.”
Yes, we know he was in pre-med.
“You can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals,” Otter asserted.
“For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system?
“If the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general?
“I put it to you… isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society?
“Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.”
Think about it.
Check out the video. Let us know if Chaney is a perp or a victim.