Christopher Chaney, the 35-year-old Florida man who allegedly hacked model Scarlett Johansson’s nude photos, appeared before a federal court in Los Angeles to plead “not guilty,” with a federal judge raising his bail from $10,000 to $110,000. Chaney is charged with hacking email accounts of over 50 people, with celebrities Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis, Simone Harouche and Renee Olstead being among the victims of the hacking attack. The trial is to open on December 27, 2011.
Prosecutors claim that Chaney got nude photos of the people whose accounts were hacked, gaining access to a growing number of email accounts in the process. A nude photo of Scarlett Johansson that was made public recently is part of the investigation, prosecutors said.
Johansson said she is not ashamed of her nude photos that were intended for and sent to her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds.
Chaney apologized to the people whose email accounts were hacked, admitting he participated in one of the worst privacy invasions. He faces a maximum of 121 years behind bars if found guilty. Chaney never exchanged the celebrity photos for money but offered them to different celebrity blogs, according to the investigators.