Christopher Chaney, the Florida man charged with hacking into the e-mail accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, says he was relieved when the FBI raided his house and took his computers.
In an interview with Jacksonville’s WTEV, Chaney says the hacking became an addiction, but swears his intentions were benign.
“I wasn’t saving the emails to blackmail someone,” Chaney says in the interview. When asked what his motivation was, he replied: “It started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive. Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with the people you see on the big screen.”
On Wednesday (Oct. 12), Chaney was charged with 25 counts of identity theft and could face up to 120 years in prison.
“I deeply apologize,” says Chaney. “I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience. I’m not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward.”