Christopher Chaney, the hacker who illegally accessed the phones of Scarlett Johansson and other stars, says it was a blessing in disguise that he got arrested.
In fact, the 35-year-old perv says he's almost relieved.
In a new interview, Chaney says he became "addicted" to the behind-the-scenes lives of the stars and when authorities seized his computer, he felt saved.
"It started as a curiosity," he told a local news station in Jacksonville, Fla. "It happened and snowballed. ... I just didn't know how to stop doing it."
Christopher Chaney, who most notoriously leaked photos of Scarlett Johansson nude from her cell phone in September, says he deeply regrets his actions.
"I deeply apologize," he says.
"That was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience. They don't have privacy to begin with, and I was in the tiny little sliver they have."
Chaney allegedly hacked into accounts on computers, phones and other devices of more than 50 stars in all, including Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera.
Charged with 26 counts of hacking, aggravated identity theft and wiretapping, Chaney faces a maximum of 121 years in federal prison if convicted.