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Deserves $66k from Celeb Hacker ... Says U.S. Govt.

6/26/2012 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The man who hacked nude photos of Scarlett Johansson should be forced to pay the actress $66k for her troubles ... at least that's what the U.S. Government is recommending to the judge in the case.

The government has filed new documents with U.S. District Court in California ... in which prosecutors explain how celeb hacker Christopher Chaney should be sentenced for his crimes.

As we previously reported, Chaney pled guilty to 9 hacking-related felonies back in March ... after stealing racy photos of several starlets including Mila Kunis.

According to the docs, the gov. believes Chaney should be sentenced to 71 months in prison ... and forced to pay restitution to some of his victims ... including:

-- $7,500 to Christina Aguilera
-- $66,179.46 to Scarlett Johansson
-- $76,767.35 to actress Renee Olstead

The gov. also believes Chaney should pay $10k to AFTRA Health Fund.

In the docs, prosecutors argue that Chaney's crimes were even worse than that of Michael David Barrett -- the guy who videotaped a naked Erin Andrews and posted the footage on the Internet.

Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his crime.

Chaney is due back in court on July 23 when he will be sentenced.


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Digital Hell    

Hi Harvey,
Can you clarify the laws about this at all? I have a very obvious hacker/keyloggers/50 moderators, but I'm a private member of the general public, and the people doing the hacking are two f/m celebrities? I have been posting on a gossip site board and asking questions... logical, clean, and respectful posts. But it feels like I'm getting down to some truth that they don't want exposed, and our network is literally under attack. Advice for the public?

845 days ago


Celebrities are never really VICTIMS - as they are constantly exploiting themselves in ways that are ALWAYS to their own advantage! An example? Take any Men's magazine - like GQ - and see which stars willingly reveal whatever is expected for the right price. Pop Quiz time: Which High School Musical Star recently agreed to do a threesome in a swimming pool for a movie scene. Also, which Pop Singer can be recalled getting 'Dirty' enough in a music video to force you to distract the kids in the room. I can safely say I have not one photo of myself that has ever been taken that is vunerable for exploitation ... this guy who will now do 'time' somehow knew that he would find what he was looking for! Is that SURPRISING to anyone? When the careers of some stars start to wane, it is not difficult to predict that it will soon be coming off anyway, like Cher once proved on a Military Flight Deck not so long ago. Fake Outrage will soon be heard from the fans of the next 'Wardrobe Malfunctioning Celebrity'! The lesson here for me is enjoy the benefits of a non-descript life of obscurity - until you have a Crystal Meth Moment ...and decide to shave yourself bald in public :(

672 days ago
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