George Garofano, the man who hacked and leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, according to court documents.
In addition, Garofano will serve 36 months (3 years) of supervised release, as ordered by Connecticut Judge Victor A. Bolden. According to the Guardian, the hacker was one of four people accused of the crime.
In 2014, images of Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upon and other celebrities circulated online after the images were taken from the celebrities respective iCloud accounts. After that, Lawrence’s representative said: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy.”
Apple and the FBI intervened to investigate. In a statement at the time of the hack, Apple said the company was “scandalized” and that “privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.” Apple called the attack “very specific attack” and encouraged its users to use stronger passwords for their accounts.
The FBI in a statement: “We are taking user privacy actively and seriously investigating the report.”
This is not the first time that Hollywood is plagued by hacking and a massive invasion of privacy. In 2013, Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accessing the archives of Scarlet Johansson and Mila Kunis and for publishing photos of nude women. Other victims of Chaney include Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba and many others.
Lawrence Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson, who had a terrible nude photographic experience in 2013, described the incident as “ridiculous”. In 2014, he told ET Canada: “We are also people, dude, we just want to live, we want to be normal people, it’s not fair.”
Mother! Starlet has continued its ascendant career since the deluge of photos in 2014. The talented actress won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and has been nominated for several other films.
Red Sparrow actress appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair a month after filtration (the cover was shot before he arrived), and spoke with the magazine about the experience and how she felt would impact her career. “I was so scared,” she said.
Lawrence was 24 years old at the time and expressed frustration at what happened. “It’s not because I’m an actress or a public figure that I asked for this,” she said. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and because it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I cannot believe that we are living in this kind of world. ”