Christopher Chaney, the man who hacked into the phones and emails of numerous celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, has been sentenced to TEN years in prison. Some reports had suggested he was facing around SIXTY years, though the sentence passed down this week is still a lengthy one. The photographs of Johansson in particular spread like wildfire and were reposted on numerous websites as well as linked to from Facebook and Twitter.
Though Mr Chaney's actions were clearly perverted and reprehensible, many commentators in Europe and the UK were stunned by the 10 year sentence. Johansson openly wept in court and spoke of feeling "truly humiliated and embarrassed" by having "nude photographs go public," while other victims of Mr Chaney such as Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera also condemned his actions. According to the BBC, gossip website Holy Moly was one of the first UK-based sites to post the images, under the headline, "Scarlett Johansson naked: Either wonderful Photoshop or a very similar lookalike." Its founder Jamie East did little to hide his views on the matter, saying, "It's a celebrity gossip website, if celebrities don't want naked pictures of themselves plastered all over the internet then either don't take them at all or don't have them on your mobile phone."
To put the 10 year sentence into context, Silvio Berlusconi recently had his four year prison sentence cut to just one year for tax evasion.
Do you think the sentence was too harsh? Or should it have been longer?