Emma Watson Pursuing Legal Action After Private Photos Hacked

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Emma Watson is pursuing legal action after dozens of her private photos were reportedly stolen and leaked online.

The “Beauty and the Beast” actress’ spokesman said the images aren’t nude photographs, but instead show the star trying on clothes.

“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Variety, and original reported by BBC News. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”

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The statement was released after blog and social media posts claimed that naked images of the “Harry Potter” star had been published on an anonymous message board. The reports also alleged that other actresses, including Amanda Seyfried and Jillian Murray, appeared in additional photos that leaked online around the same time. Watson, a UN Women goodwill ambassador, was threatened in 2014 with a leak of nude photos after delivering a speech on gender equality.

The news follows controversy surrounding a Vanity Fair cover shoot in which Watson posed semi-topless. Critics accused her of acting against her feminist values by posing with her breasts partially exposed.

Two men — one from Pennsylvania and the other from Chicago — were recently sentenced in connection with the 2014 celebrity nude photo hack. Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton were among the actresses who fell victim to the iCloud hack.

Watson, 26, can be seen this weekend as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.”

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  1. Tyler says:

    No, no one does deserve to have private photos stolen, but some people will take things they get access to. People have every right to have photos of themselves, even if they’re revealing, but at least don’t have them stored on anything that can be accessed from wireless.

  2. Captain Obvious says:

    She was being dressed by a stylist. You take pictures so you can see what the outfits can look like later. This doesn’t even say they were stolen from *her* computer. And *NO ONE* deserves to have their PRIVATE PROPERTY stolen. Ijit.

  3. This sounds awfully convenient with her new movie coming out just now. But if she is going to be so upset over these photo’s, why take them in the first place?

  4. geyser says:

    Drops everything. Rushes over to thefappening.

  5. George says:

    Not doubt that the Russians are behind this.

  6. Larry says:

    Emma Watson, once talented, engaging, intelligent, charming and entertaining, has now become pedantic, sour, intolerant and no longer worth watching.

    • mcbainsblog says:

      Or possibly a handful of corset companies and one SJW underwear blogger. The timing is very strange. She expresses her opinion on corsets, the lingerie blogger begins screaming, and suddenly suggestive pics are leaked. And the blogger just happens to be a perpetual drama queen known for viciously attacking anyone she who disagrees with her.

    • Tim James says:

      In other words, Larry enjoyed touching himself to her images as a child, but since she started expressing her own thoughts, he just hasn’t been able to get it up for her anymore.

    • The Truth says:

      You seem to be describing yourself, except that you were never talented, engaging, intelligent, charming or entertaining.

  7. Nanny Mo says:

    Good for her! Although only an idiot stores pictures on a cloud and thinks it’s safe (I’m not saying she did that.) I don’t store personal things on-line anymore. After all of Snowden’s revelations and the new ones just last week, it is clear that Cloud based storage is not our friends and anything the gov or others can get ahold of can and is used against you. Look at Madcow and the Trump tax leaks, that’s not cool to take private stuff and use it against people in a professional setting, but a lot of people, including some journalists are not cool.

    • gosseyn says:

      @Nanny Mo – Trump “leaked” his own tax return, because it told nothing, and was very likely the only tear in recent memory that he paid any tax at all.

  8. Malcolm says:

    In the article I read, all she was saying was “please don’t steal my stuff.”

    Which seems reasonable.

  9. Derek fleming says:

    Respect me! Respect me! Emma Watson says women are second class citizens so it must be true

  10. Derek fleming says:

    Thanks for clearing that up. What would we do without intellegent women like yourself

  11. The Truth says:

    I presume you already know you’re a world class jerk.

  12. Anna says:

    The difference is that the picture of her topless was taken and published WITH HER CONSENT. These pictures were stolen and published with the only purpose to publicly shame and humiliate her. If you can’t tell the difference, I’m sorry for you.

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