Celebrity phone hacker Christopher Chaney‘s computer was seized about six months ago when the feds first started looking into the situation, but only now has he been arrested for stealing nude photos of stars like Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.
And while his behavior makes it seem like he’s some socially-awkward creep, his calm, sincere public apology contains several elements of truth that, honestly, you would find in most fans.
A completely composed and remorseful Christopher spoke with CNN today. He compared owning the information to “reading a completely uncensored blog” but said he never saved the info with the intent of blackmailing anyone. Although he received e-mail offers to buy the photos, he always refused—which isn’t the best comfort since the photos of ScarJo and Kreayshawn still ended up circulating among gossip sites, but it’s something.
These three quotes from his CNN interview really struck us:
“[It] started as curiosity and it turned into just being, you know, addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with these people you see on the big screen every day.”
“It just happened and snowballed….I didn’t know how to stop doing it myself. I wasn’t attempting to break into e-mails and get stuff to sell or purposely put it on the Internet. It just—I don’t know.”
“I deeply apologize. I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience. And these people don’t have privacy to begin with. And I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have.”
Who could deny feeling a similar pull toward the rich and glamorous? We mine the Internet for every personal detail of their lives: Formulating conspiracy theories over an awkward .gif, scrutinizing photos for meth burns and wrist scars from attempted suicide. There’s a guy who makes celebrity portraits out of items he looted from their trash.
We’re just as bad as Christopher.
He describes the process by which he hacked into stars’ phones: Any e-mails they received got forwarded along to him as well. If you were given that kind of uncensored access, would you really be able to turn it down in favor of doing the right thing?