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Scarlett Johansson on the “degrading and awful” theft of her personal pictures

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Scarlett Johansson has described the 2011 theft and subsequent online publication of personal photographs as “shocking and devastating” in a new interview.

The 2011 hack saw several actors have photographs stolen from from their email accounts, and Johansson says the hacker – Florida-based Christopher Chaney, who received a 10-year jail sentence in 2012 – also posed as her in an attempt to elicit pictures from other people.

Speaking to US shock jock Howard Stern, she said the theft was “so devastating”.

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“It was absolutely shocking and devastating at the time… It was such an invasion. I just felt like as a woman, I felt like it’s such a degrading and awful thing to have to go through that.” 

She added: “It feels particularly invasive when you are in the public eye and you’re like, ‘What else can I give you?’”

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Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell

The Lost in Translation star, currently promoting Ghost in the Shell, initially publicly brushed off the theft, telling Vanity Fair in 2011: “I know my best angles. They were sent to my husband [ex Ryan Reynolds]. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.

“Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.”

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In the new interview, Johansson, 32, also warned that digital photo theft was something everyone should be aware of, telling Stern: “It’s not that hard. It’s a low-level hacking thing – we’re not talking about the dark web here.”

The conversation also covered some of her biggest roles, and speaking of the stand-out Lost in Translation, she revealed she and co-star Bill Murray didn’t have the greatest of friendships on set, despite their on-screen chemistry: “It was hard to relate to one another, but I think what worked is that when the cameras were rolling and [it] actually came time to do the work, we worked really well together [...]

“I grew up worshipping him and I was so excited to work with him. I think we just… it was hard. It was a hard shoot for me. I was 17 years old … he’s a comedian, he’s quirky, and he had a lot of ups and downs.”

Images: Rex Features



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