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Carly Rae Jepsen Stalker Chris Long Began Harassment As 'Prank'

09/06/2013 09:49 EDT | Updated 09/06/2013 10:01 EDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

B.C. car salesman Chris Long told Abbotsford Provincial Court that he began his cyberstalking campaign against pop star Carly Rae Jepsen as a "prank."

Long was in court Friday for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty in May to mischief and possession of stolen property.

The court heard that Long stumbled upon an old email address of Jepsen's though Facebook and, egged on by his roommates, began hacking into her social media accounts, posting vulgar content. He also hacked the singer's phone and changed her number, reported The Province newspaper.

Jordi Ashworth, Jepsen's boyfriend at the time attended the hearing, reported CTV News. He described the fear the pair experienced as one after another of Jepsen's accounts were taken over.

“It was scary, it was really scary,” he said. “All of these things start to go through your head, so it’s worrisome. We didn’t know what this guy was trying to do or what information he was going after.”

The Crown is asking for a sentence of four months' house arrest, with exceptions so he can go to work, said CBC. The defence has asked the court to consider a conditional discharge.

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