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Attorneys for stage builder Mid-America Sound Corp. had wanted Miss Nettles and fellow band member Kristian Bush to begin providing depositions starting Monday, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin on Friday approved a request by the band’s attorneys to reject that timetable.
Sugarland’s attorneys had proposed holding depositions in May, but the judge ordered them to provide dates and times between April 1 and April 15 in which only Ms. Nettles can testify.
Mid-America built the roof and rigging used to hold lights and sound equipment that collapsed Aug. 13 before the scheduled Sugarland concert. Seven people died and dozens were injured.
Florida man to plead guilty in celebrity hacking
A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., was to plead guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to nine felony counts, including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping, the documents say. He faces up to 60 years in prison.
Defense attorney Christopher Chestnut said Thursday night that he is still working with prosecutors and wouldn’t confirm the number of felony counts Mr. Chaney will plead guilty to.
“To date, Chris has been very cooperative with prosecutors, he’s remorseful for any of the harm caused to the stars, and just looks to a resolution of the case,” Mr. Chestnut said.
Mr. Chaney was arrested in October as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.”
Prosecutors said Mr. Chaney hacked into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry, including Miss Aguilera and Miss Johansson. Nude photos Miss Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the Internet. Miss Aguilera also had private photos put online, court documents show.
Miss Johansson told Vanity Fair for its December issue that the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, who is now her ex-husband.
Mr. Chaney mined through publicly available data to figure out password and security questions for celebrity accounts. He hijacked a forwarding feature so that a copy of every email a celebrity received was sent to an account he controlled, according to court documents.
Mr. Chaney forwarded many of the photographs to two gossip websites and another hacker, but there wasn’t any evidence that he profited from his scheme, authorities said. He has since apologized for his actions.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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