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Naked & Famous: The Real Story Behind ScarJo’s Hacked Photos

Scarlett Johansson attended the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
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Jun. 22 2019, Updated 9:09 p.m. ET

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A few years back, Scarlett Johansson found herself one of the many victims of a celebrity cyber hacker. The hacker got access to topless photos that had been taken privately for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds.

MORE: Scarlett Johansson On Naked Photo Scandal: “It Feels Unjust. It Feels Wrong.’

Other victims were also part of the hack including Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba and Mila Kunis. The FBI got involved as soon as the photos were posted for the public to see.

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It was more than just an invasion of privacy. The hacking and leaking of the private photos were spread all over the web where they will live forever. Follow the story of the true history behind ScarJo’s nude pictures.

1. It Begins.

President of Marvel Studios/Producer Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo attended the Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" cast place their hand prints in cement at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX Forecourt at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 23, 2019 in Hollywood
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On March 20th, 2011, a blurry version of a naked Johansson posing in a mirror was uploaded to the Internet — as the world came to learn that almost 50 celebs had been hacked.

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2. ScarJo Naked.

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It took until Sept 14th of that year for most of the pictures of ScarJo to be posted on the web. According to the Huffington Post, the photos included a topless shot and a picture of her exposed backside. The pictures had allegedly been hacked from her cellphone. She made no comment at that time.

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3. The FBI Gets Involved.

Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth attended the "Avengers Endgame" photocall at Corinthia Hotel London on April 11, 2019 in London, England.
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ScarJo was not remaining completely silent though. The LA Times confirmed that she had been in contact with the FBI who would not say how many people had become victims nor would they give any specifics about the investigation. According to People, the FBI dubbed it internally as “Operation Hackerazzi.”

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4. Takedown.

Scarlett Johansson attended the "Avengers Endgame" UK Fan Event at the Picturehouse Central on April 10, 2019 in London, England.
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According to the BBC, a takedown notice was issued by ScarJo’s lawyers so sites like BuzzFeed who had published the images had to remove them immediately or face the threat of legal action.

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5. ScarJo Speaks.

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson in the audience at the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City.
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ScarJo broke her silence and spoke to Vanity Fair about the hack. She said, “They were sent to my now ex- husband Ryan Reynolds. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno. Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.”

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6. Best Angles.

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ScarJo also made a single comment on the naked pictures themselves, telling Vanity Fair that, “I know my best angles.” She sure does.

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7. Howard Stern.

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ScarJo went on Howard Stern and addressed the leak more completely. According to the Independent, she told Stern, “It was absolutely shocking and devastating at the time … It was such an invasion. I just felt like as a woman, I felt like it’s such a degrading and awful thing to have to go through that.”

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8. Invasive.

Scarlett Johansson attended the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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ScarJo told Stern, “It feels particularly invasive when you are in the public eye and you’re like, ‘What else can I give you?’”

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9. Unjust and wrong.

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According to the BBC, ScarJo told CNN, “Just because you're an actor ... doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy. If that privacy is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong."

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10. Vogue.

Scarlett Johansson attended the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
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By April 2012, ScarJo had had some time to think about the situation. She told Vogue, "I don't want to be a victim and say, 'Oh, well' and just hide my head in shame. Somebody stole something from me … It's sick. I don't want people like that to slide."

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11. Ryan Reynolds.

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson in the audience at the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City.
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The leak had come just months after ScarJo’s break from ex-hubby Ryan Reynolds. She told Vogue, “When all those photos came out, of course I go out to dinner and think, ‘Goddamn it, these people have all seen my …’”

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12. Other Victims.

Christina Aguilera performed during the Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 Celebration on December 31, 2018 in New York City.
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ScarJo wasn’t alone. According to People, other celebs who were hacked included Christina Aguilera.

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13. Mila Kunis.

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Another victim of the hack was star Mila Kunis. According to ABC News, four pictures were hacked from her phone including two that featured Justin Timberlake shirtless.

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14. Ali Larter.

Ali Larter visited Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on January 07, 2019 in Universal City, California.
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According to Business Insider, another victim of the hack was Ali Larter.

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15. Jessica Alba.

Jessica Alba visited SiriusXM Studios to promote her new TV show on Charter's Spectrum "L.A."s Finest" on May 13, 2019 in New York City.
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Yet another victim of the hack was Jessica Alba.

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16. Also Hacked.

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According to Business Insider, the hacker also hacked the accounts of Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez but couldn’t find any lewd photos.

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17. Christopher Chaney.

Cyber-hacker Christopher Chaney arrived at the Federal courthouse where he is facing charges of hacking celebrities computers on October 14, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida
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The hacker was Christopher Chaney — a Florida man — and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to identity theft, wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer.

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