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.
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.
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.
2. ScarJo Naked.
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.
3. The FBI Gets Involved.
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.”
5. ScarJo Speaks.
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.”
6. Best Angles.
ScarJo also made a single comment on the naked pictures themselves, telling Vanity Fair that, “I know my best angles.” She sure does.
7. Howard Stern.
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.”
ScarJo told Stern, “It feels particularly invasive when you are in the public eye and you’re like, ‘What else can I give you?’”
9. Unjust and wrong.
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."
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."
11. Ryan Reynolds.
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 …’”
12. Other Victims.
ScarJo wasn’t alone. According to People, other celebs who were hacked included Christina Aguilera.
13. Mila Kunis.
14. Ali Larter.
According to Business Insider, another victim of the hack was Ali Larter.
15. Jessica Alba.
Yet another victim of the hack was Jessica Alba.
16. Also Hacked.
According to Business Insider, the hacker also hacked the accounts of Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez but couldn’t find any lewd photos.
17. Christopher Chaney.
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.