The summer of 2014 was a dark time to be a female celebrity – especially if they had ever taken a naked photograph of themselves with their phone.
Ever-relatable actress Jennifer Lawrence was one of the first victims of the hacking spree that saw several nude shots leaked online.
“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair of the intrusion.
“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
Police eventually caught up with the guy who did it, 29-year-old Chicago resident Edward Majerczyk, and the repercussions have been dear.
On 23 January 2017, a court sentenced Majerczyk to nine months in jail. He was also ordered to pay £4,600 towards the cost of counselling for one of the stars he had leaked naked photographs of. Details about the claimant remained anonymous.
He was accused of being part of a phishing scam that saw him access over 300 different private online accounts in order to access explicit information.
Other stars Majerczyk is thought to have targeted include Kirsten Dunsten and Kate Upton.
The ‘computer nerd’ signed a plea agreement after pleading guilty to felony computer hacking in Los Angeles last year. His prosecution argued that he should receive only nine months out of a possible five-year jail sentence for the crime.
According to his lawyer, he was “suffering from depression”.
Lawrence is yet to comment publicly on the sentencing of Majerczyk.