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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Sony says PS3 hacker lied under oath, has fled to South America

For those following the Sony hacker lawsuit, the case has taken a bizarre turn.

According to the latest documents filed by Sony in the case against George Hotz, the alleged hacker “conveniently traveled to South America” as information contradicting testimony he made under oath came to light.

Hotz and others are accused of hacking the PS3 to enable it to accept the installation of other operating systems on PS3 consoles. Sony said the hack encouraged users to play pirated games.

The document, originally posted by VGHQ, said that not only is Hotz out of the country, but that he lied about having a Playstation Network account — a key point in Sony's efforts to have the case tried in California rather than in New Jersey, where Hotz lived and hacked.

Sony said that a Playstation Network account was registered by someone at the IP address associated with Hotz’s house, and an account using the same name, blickmanic, was used to post in forums about jailbreaking phones. Hotz originally came into the public eye after jailbreaking the iPhone.

Sony also said that Hotz removed components from the hard drives of the consoles that the court ordered him to turn over after a previous ruling.

“Hotz's attempts to dodge this Court's authority raise very serious questions," Sony wrote in the document.

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By  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/23/2011

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