Transcript for Alleged Celeb Nude Photo Hacker Blames Addiction
Now -- surprising confession from the man accused of hacking into the online accounts of some of Hollywood's biggest stars Christopher Cheney says it was all the result of a growing addiction. ABC's Andrea canning has the story. Yeah well believe it or not he's actually talking Robin it was a little bizarre -- -- for Cheney is expected to appear in a Florida court today. After apologizing to the stars who were targeted and He explained how He became so called paparazzi. -- over year dozens of very private and sometimes naked photos of A list stars. Like Scarlett Johansson mile tunis and Christina Aguilera hit the Internet for the world to see. Until the FBI finally narrowed in -- this man living 2500 miles from Hollywood in Jacksonville Florida. It was almost relieved. Months ago when. Came and took the computer 35 year old Christopher Cheney the alleged mastermind behind operation hocker Roxy. Admitted to reporters to hacking into more than 58 counts on Yahoo! Google and apple mail as part of a deep fascination with celebrity. It started as curiosity and and it had turned into just being you know addicted to seeing behind the -- But these people you see on the big screen every day. Cheney also allegedly took financial information and movie Scripps. The FBI says He studied the once -- access their accounts He stole their address books and went on the hunt for embarrassing photos. What would you do with the information you found in those units it is not enough and it was it was almost like reading. I completely sensor -- that now wasn't sleeping. Our prayers females -- many people are somewhat Cheney claims He never sold any of the pictures or information and suggested there are others involved I don't know how my emails get ahold of someone contacted me wanting pictures -- This is someone who apparently did for a living animals and who was easier sell any of those items I didn't give that person pictures -- and so -- -- never wanted to. To sell or -- me. Any images authorities however say He did distribute them I'm deeply apologize I know what I did. Just have to face and -- and go forward. Cheney is charged with 26 counts of identity theft unauthorized access to protected computer and wiretapping if convicted He faces up 221. Years in prison. It's reportedly not the first time he's been in trouble with the -- in the ninety's He was convicted of mail fraud. And was sentenced to four years' probation problems very. Honest in that interview there really was all right -- it thanks very much of the weekend.
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