Christopher Chaney, the 35-year-old man accused of hacking into the personal email account of roughly 50 celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera, gave an exclusive interview to a local Fox affiliate in Florida attempting to explain his actions and apologize. “[The hacking] started as a curiosity and it turned into just being addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with these people you see on the big screen every day,” he said. “I was almost relieved months ago when [authorities] came and took the computer and told me what was going on, that they knew. I didn’t know how to stop doing it myself…. I wasn’t attempting to break into emails and get stuff to sell or purposefully put it on the Internet.”

He said he doesn’t remember when, how, or with whom that “pure curiosity” started. “I deeply apologize. I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience,” he said. “And these people don’t have privacy to begin with. And I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have. And I’ve had like six months to think about it. It eats at me. When you’re doing it, you’re not thinking about what’s going on with who you’re doing it to.”

Chaney said he plans to plead guilty to all charges.

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