The Florida man charged with hacking into the email accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis — and in some cases releasing intimate photos of the stars — gave a candid interview to Fox station WAWS-TV in Jacksonville in which he explained his reasons for his actions, MSNBC reports.
An apologetic Christopher Cheney said: "I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions 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."
Cheney attributed his initial hacking efforts to curiosity, adding: "It turned into just being addicted to seeing behind the scenes of what was going on with the people you see on the big screen every day."
He added: “I didn’t know how to stop doing it.” He says he was almost relieved when he realized he had been caught.
Cheney faces 26 criminal counts, including identity theft, unauthorized access to a protected computer and wiretapping. He could be sentenced to as much as 121 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges.
Here’s the video (It’s in two parts).