Scarlett Johansson says nude photos were for Ryan Reynolds, hacking suspect pleads not guilty
Scarlett Johansson says nude photos of her that were leaked online weeks ago were originally sent to Ryan Reynolds, who is her ex-husband, and adds that "there's nothing wrong with that."
Meanwhile, the man accused of hacking into email accounts belonging to the 26-year-old actress and sex symbol as well as other celebrities pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, November 1.
Naked photos of Johansson hit the Web in late September. They quickly circulated and helped spur an FBI investigation dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi."
The actress talked about the scandal in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, which features her on the cover of its December 2011 issue.
"I know my best angles," Johansson said. "They were sent to my husband. There's nothing wrong with that. It's not like I was shooting a porno. Although there's nothing wrong with that either."
Reynolds, a 35-year-old Canadian actor and star of the recent superhero film "The Green Lantern," filed for divorce from Johansson in December 2010 after more than two years of marriage - the first for both. The pair's separation was finalized in July of this year. They have no children.
After Johansson's naked photos surfaced online, she addressed the issue on CNN, saying: Just because you're in the spotlight or just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy."
The FBI investigation led to the arrest of suspect Christopher Chaney. Authorities say the Florida man hacked into email accounts of celebrities, including Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera, and obtained data from them illegally.
Chaney was indicted on federal charges of accessing protected computers without authorization, damaging protected computers without authorization, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 121 years in prison if convicted. He made his not guilty plea on Tuesday at a Los Angeles court hearing and a trial has been set for December 27, according to the Associated Press, which carried the report.
Chaney had apologized for his actions and had also told Florida news station Fox 30 last month that he was glad he was caught because he had become addicted to obtaining "behind the scenes" information about the stars.
Chaney hacked into Johansson's account to send one of her acquaintances an email containing a nude photo of her in exchange for a photo, the Associated Press quoted authorities said as saying.
Reynolds' "Green Lantern" co-star, Blake Lively, was also the subject of a nude photo scandal earlier this year. Her spokesperson later said the pictures were fake.
Johansson was named GQ's "Babe of the Year" in 2010 and is known for films such as "Lost in Translation," "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Iron Man 2,' which saw her playing the Black Widow. She reprises her role in the 2012 film "The Avengers."