Christopher Chaney, accused celebrity e-mail hacker, apologizes (Video)


Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis are two of the more than 50 victims of e-mail hacking. (Kevin Winter/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty)

Christopher Chaney told Action News Jacksonville the hacking “started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive.”

(Watch the interview below.)

The 35-year-old claims he didn’t want to blackmail anyone and never intended to profit from the photos.

“I don't know how my e-mail got a hold of, someone contacted me wanting the pictures,” he said. “I don't even know who it was. No, I didn’t give that person any pictures. I never wanted to sell or release any images.”

It’s not clear how compromising photos of stars, like Johansson, ended up online.

Chaney was indicted on 26 counts of computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and illegal wire-tapping Wednesday. He’s accused of figuring out the e-mail account passwords of Hollywood stars like Christina Aguilera, then having their e-mails forwarded to his own account.

If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 121 years in jail.

Chaney, who said he plans to plead guilty to all charges, appeared remorseful during the interview. He said he was “almost relieved” when the FBI confiscated his computers.

“I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience,” he said. “I'm not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward.”

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