A digital pirate claiming he’s responsible for leaking Lindsay Lohan’s top secret Playboy layout says he didn’t actually steal the shots, he simply found them on peer-to-peer file sharing websites.
On January/February 2012 issue of Playboy magazine, which features Lindsay Lohan in her full glory, was supposed to go on sale next week, but the entire photo spread of LiLo posing nude leaked online Friday.
Earlier in the week, the Playboy cover showing Lindsay Lohan, 25, posing nude on a bunny shaped chair, also hit the net.
The man, who refused to give his name, told Foxnews.com he tracked the pictures down after they were either hacked or stolen and uploaded to a file-sharing website based in Russia.
The pirate admitted: “I just pieced it together,” once the photos spread to peer-to-peer file sharing sites.
“All I cared about is how I got them,” the digital pirate said.
The hacker says it’s not the first time he has done this to the men’s magazine, although he admits he has gotten cease-and-desist letters in the past.
“When I’ve done it before, Playboy sent a e-mail to take down the links, and I do,” the man said.
He also says he doesn’t have any clue as to the original source of the leaked pages, which could have been stolen during the digital publishing process or hacked from a server.
Lindsay Lohan reportedly received $1 million to bare all in the Marilyn Monroe-inspired layout.
Now in a move to counter any possible damage to its news stand sales, Playboy released the official cover shot on Saturday to media outlets, along with quotes from the accompanying article.
When asked about her sex life, Lindsay Lohan told Playboy: “Sex and sexuality are a part of nature, and I go along with nature. I think Marilyn Monroe once said that.
“I certainly agree with her…Knowing yourself and your body is so important because it gives you confidence, and in life, women need confidence.”
As for her merry-go-round of court appearances and jail stints, Lindsay Lohan admits she is partly to blame.
“Ultimately we are each responsible for ourselves and for our actions…Looking back, I probably would have listened to and taken more advice from the people whom I admire and would have followed through with it more.
“My stubbornness at 18 and 19 years old got in the way. During the past five years, I’ve learned that time flies faster than you think, and because you only live once you have to learn from your mistakes, live your dreams and be accountable.”
The double issue of Playboy featuring Lindsay Lohan is now available on-line at www.playboy.com/lohan.
Printed copies will hit U.S. newsstands around Friday, December 16, Playboy has said.