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Hacker Responsible For Celebrity Nude Photos Scandal to face 5 Years in Jail @ 2:08 pm
On Mar 17, 2016
The man who digitally victimized dozens of female celebrities, leading to a nude photo leak that shocked Hollywood, was charged on Tuesday with felony computer hacking, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Ryan Collins, 36, is facing up to five years in federal prison, but prosecutors will recommend 18 months, according to the statement.
While the press release doesn’t specifically mention any of the celebrities who were victimized, Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande were just a few of the women in Hollywood whose personal lives were put on public display, Hollywoodreporter reports.
In an essay for Cosmopolitan in late 2014, Gabrielle Union had written that she felt a loss of control and an urgent need to speak out.
“I didn’t like the public perception of this scandal — that we were just a bunch of narcissistic, sexually deviant celebrities who got what we deserved for being dumb,” the Being Mary Jane actress wrote. “No one deserves to have a private moment stolen, whether it’s a photo, text or email. Everyone has intimate parts of their life they don’t want the public to see.”
Jennifer Lawrence told Vanity Fair in a November 2014 article that the invasion of privacy was more than a scandal — it’s a sex crime.
Prosecutors estimate Collins accessed at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts, “most of which belonged to female celebrities.”
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