Date: 2nd November 2011

Scarlett Johansson 'hacker' pleads not guilty

A US man has pleaded not guilty to hacking the email accounts of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos ended up online.

Christopher Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida faces 26 charges, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping.

If convicted, he faces up to 121 years in prison. A trial is set for December.

Johansson has told Vanity Fair magazine the leaked photos were meant for her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds.

"There's nothing wrong with that," she said in an interview. "It's not like I was shooting a porno."

Shortly after the photos were leaked in September, she told US news network CNN the invasion of her privacy was "unjust".

Chaney made his plea in a California court. His trial has been set for 27 December.

The judge turned down prosecutor's requests that Chaney be remanded in custody but ordered bail of $110,000 (68,689) and stipulated that he be fitted with an electronic tag.

The 35-year-old was arrested as part of a year long investigation of celebrity hacking dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi."

Source: Press Release