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Jennifer Lawrence hacker who leaked stolen celeb nude selfies whines ‘my life has been ruined’ as he begs judge for shorter sentence

George Garofano, 26, hacked into hundreds of celebrity iCloud accounts, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton

A HACKER who leaked nude selfies of showbiz stars has begged a judge for a shorter sentence after claiming his "life has been ruined".

George Garofano, 26, hacked into hundreds of celebrity iCloud accounts, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, and posted their intimate pictures on Reddit.

Prosecutors in Connecticut say he should serve between 10 and 16 months in jail after admitting to the 2014 scandal, which was dubbed "Celebgate" online.

But the cyber hacker says he deserves less time behind bars and ahead of his upcoming sentencing, has written to the judge asking for leniency.

In a court filing, Garofano said: “It will take me a while to forgive myself for this, and I am disappointed in myself.

“I feel remorse for anyone that could have been affected by this on any scale, public or private.

"It is a part of my life that I will always regret, as it has never been a reflection of who I am as an individual.”

His lawyer, Richard Lynch, said: “Of course, he was old enough to know better even back then, that the conduct he was engaging in was wrong.
"But he now stands before the court having matured, accepting responsibility for his actions and not having been in trouble with the law since."

Mr Lynch added that his client was not the mastermind behind the scheme - of which four other hackers are charged for their roles in the nude leak.

His older brother, Ralph, even likens his guilt to an “emotional prison,” while another friend of his writes that “within hours [of his arrest] George’s scarlet letter was permanent.”

Garofano, of Connecticut, pleaded guilty in April to a single charge of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information and is due to be sentenced on August 29.

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