'I felt absolutely violated': Scarlett Johansson on having naked pictures of her leaked on the internet last year
01:35 GMT, 14 March 2012
Last year she fell foul of an ignorant hacker who broke into her personal email account and leaked nude pictures she'd taken of herself on the internet.
And now Scarlett Johansson, 27, has spoken about the incident for the first time.
The actress says it left her feeling 'violated' and related it to the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the British press over the past year.
Violated: Scarlett Johansson has spoken about the leaked nude pictures which hit the net last September
Speaking to Stylist magazine, Scarlett said: 'It was really terrible; I felt absolutely violated. I wasn’t really aware of how vulnerable all of us are, but I think everybody is just discovering that now, especially with the recent phone-hacking scandals.
'It isn’t just celebrities, it’s all kinds of people who are not asking for the spotlight. Being hacked made me feel more vulnerable than I ever had previously. I couldn’t figure it out.
'For a while, I thought it must be someone that I knew who was posting these pictures of me and that was making me incredibly paranoid. I was looking around at all of my friends, who I have known for 20 years, wondering who the backstabber was. So to find out it wasn’t a friend who hacked in was a relief, oddly.'
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Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested and charged with hacking Scarlett's account.
He told a local Florida news station that his hacking began simply as a “curiosity” but soon turned into an addiction for stealing celebrity secrets.
'It just happened and snowballed,' he said, adding that he was 'almost relieved months ago' when law enforcement agents seized his computer during a search.
'I didn’t know how to stop doing it myself,' he said.
Meanwhile the actress, who has three
new movies due for release very soon (Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 3 and
Can A Song Save Your Life), also discussed her split with Ryan
She told the magazine that she dealt with the break-up by throwing herself into her work.
she criticised the overt sexualisation of young women in Hollywood
saying: 'It seems to be getting younger. You see 16-year-old girls in
these photoshoots that are frankly mind-blowing. It seems as if people
want to label you as a woman before you really are a woman.'