Jennifer Lawrence nude photo hacker gets prison term

A hacker has been sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to illegally hacking the private iCloud accounts of 240 people, including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence.

Nude photos of the Red Sparrow actress were hacked and leaked online in 2014, and four people were later charged in connection with the scandal, which saw private photos of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and more published online.

George Garofano is the fourth hacker to receive his sentence, after Ryan Collins and two others have previously been given prison terms ranging from between nine months and 18 months in prison.

In a sentencing memo ( The Guardian), the prosecution wrote that Garofano's offence was "a serious one" and added that he acted in "complete and utter disregard" for the impact on his victims' lives.

"He illegally hacked into his victims' online accounts, invaded their privacy, and stole their personal information, including private and intimate photos," the memo said. "He did not engage in this conduct on just one occasion. He engaged in this conduct 240 times over the course of 18 months.

"Not only did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photographs he stole, he disseminated them to other individuals. He may have also sold them to others to earn 'extra income'."

It added: "In committing this offense, Mr Garofano acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on his victims' lives."

Lawrence has opened up about the impact that the hack and the leak has had on her recently, previously describing it as being "unbelievably violating".

"When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can't even put it into words," she said last year. "I feel like I got gang-banged by the f**king planet – like, there's not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me."

The actress also later revealed that she has been afraid of doing "anything sexy or sexual" in her work since the hack, adding: "I just thought, 'I'll never do that again. I'll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will'."

J-Law later stripped naked for her role in Francis Lawrence's Red Sparrow and described the experience as "taking something back".