In the wake of the nude photo hacking scandal, dubbed “Fappening 2.0,” that has so far targeted A-list celebrities including Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and many other, actress Scarlett Johansson addressed the photo leak during her appearance on Monday’s “The Howard Stern Show.”
The “Lucy” actress was targeted in 2011 when her cellphone was hacked and private photos were distributed on the internet. The hacker, Christopher Chaney, faced 10 years in federal prison for illegally obtaining the photos from Johansson’s email and also targeting other celebrities, like Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera.
“It was so devastating,” Johansson told Stern, regarding the hack. “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.”
“The person who hacked into my email account was also impersonating me,” Johansson said, adding: “and trying to get pictures of other people through it.”
In 2014, several celebrities were victims of a leak called “the fappening” — after a thread of the same name on Reddit that was created for pictures and news related to the leaked images that were first posted on 4chan. A-list stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande were some of the targets of the leak.
In the latest hack, compromising photos and sex tapes of several celebrities were leaked on Celeb Jihad. Actress Rose McGowan, figure skater Analeigh Tipton, model Dylan Penn, “Arrow” star Katie Cassidy and WWE “Total Divas” star Paige are among the victims. While many celebrities confirmed the hack, others said they were not part of the leak after rumors surfaced about their nude photos turning up online.
“Beauty and the Beast” actress Emma Watson, who was also involved in the hack, responded to the leaked images. Some of the explicit pictures showed the “Harry Potter” star in a bathtub.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her publicist told the BBC. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”