Celebrities and nudity seem to go hand in hand these days. There are a million gossip sites out there getting the shots of stars naked and plastering them all over the web for the world to see. Sometimes those shots are done as a strategic career move, meant to shake a good girl image. Other times they are an invasion of privacy that a clever hacker gets from the phone of either the sender or the recipient.
In the case of Scarlett Johansson her naked photos were not a publicity stunt, or at least if they are she is a good enough actress to convince the FBI that she is legitimately not involved in the public release of photos of her bare bottom.
The case, which is about the hacked photos of Scarlett Johansson naked body, among others, is taking place in a California courtroom this week. In this latest case, one in a series of celebrity related nude photo hacking investigations, has moved with surprising swiftness and sternness.
The defendant is the celebrity-obsessed hacker about town Christopher Chaney found himself sitting in Los Angeles district court this week for the initial pleadings. As you can imagine the supposed hacker pleaded not guilty to the charges that include hacking into the email accounts of many famous actresses and getting the images of their naked bodies out on the web.
If Christopher Chaney is convicted on the charges, which include both unauthorized access to electronic devices and wire-tapping the phones of the celebrities in question, he will face up to 121 years in a federal prison. The current gossip is that he will be working out a plea bargain for the crimes before the case goes back to court sometime in December of this year.
While Mr. Chaney was in the courtroom, Ms. Johansson was giving an interview to a reporter from Vanity Fair. She told the magazine that she was taking the photos for Ryan Reynolds, who was at the time her husband. She told a reporter for the magazine the following about taking the photo, “There’s nothing wrong with that,” and then she went on to say that, “It’s not like I was shooting a porno . . . although there’s nothing wrong with that either.”
Though, as it turns out, she is actually proud of the images that were released and the way that she looked in them. Her exact statement to Vanity Fair was, “I know my best angles.” The photos were of her, naked and holding a towel. The images were not of the best quality, and slightly blurry.
Of course, the whole issue begs a very simple question. If you are famous and worried about pictures of your naked body becoming water cooler gossip for bored adults all over the nation, then why would you take those pictures in the first place? It seems like we live in an age where this should be simple to figure out, and if people took common sense precautions with their information, or at least their nudity, incidents like this could be avoided.
Christopher Chaney is a 35-year-old from the state of Florida.