Celebrity Nude Photo Hacker Sentenced To Nine Months In Prison
A Chicago man named Edward Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison on Tuesday for hacking the nude photos of at least 30 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence. He was also ordered to pay $5,700 to reimburse one unnamed celebrity for therapy she sought following the crime.
Between November 2013 and August 2014, Majerczyk hacked into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of more than 300 people, many of whom were famous women. Among those who had leaked naked photos were Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco, and Kate Upton. Sexually explicit pictures and videos from the private servers were then released publicly in what became known as both “The Fappening” and “CelebGate.” The leaking of the illegally obtained nude photos began in late August 2014 and continued throughout September.
Shortly afterwards, Lawrence’s rep said a statement, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” and vowed legal action. Similarly, after naked photos of Upton and her now fiance Justin Verlander surfaced, the model’s attorney expressed, “This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton’s privacy,” and similarly promised that she would “pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”
Majerczyk, who pleaded guilty last year to illegally accessing the private servers, was facing up to five years in prison for the crime, but both prosecutors and his defense attorneys settled on nine months. Despite the hacking charge, Majerczyk wasn’t accused of selling the nude images for profit.