Someone Hacked Emma Watson and Stole Her Private Photos
Emma Watson found herself in the center of a celebrity hacking scandal when photos of her taken from a private swimsuit fitting were leaked online.
This week, images from the Beauty and the Beast star’s personal account were stolen and distributed on an anonymous message board. The photos, which Watson’s rep confirmed were shot two years ago during an appointment with a stylist, were shared alongside pictures of a bathing woman.
However, a spokesperson for the 26-year-old denied that those naked photos were of Watson.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs,” a statement from the British actress read. “Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
In 2014, an anonymous group threatened to leak naked photos of the Harry Potter alum after she delivered an emotional speech about feminism to the United Nations. The alleged nudes were never released.
“I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn’t exist,” Watson said at the time, explaining why there weren’t any explicit material of her. “But I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but they didn’t really think it was that urgent or particularly … and then when they saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights, I was immediately threatened—I mean, in less than 12 hours I was receiving threats—and I think they were really shocked and particularly one of my brothers was very upset.”
Last year, Watson took legal action against an adult website that shared an illegally obtained photo of her wearing a sheer outfit that exposed her breasts and nipples, sending a cease and desist letter for the removal of the image. The picture was eventually taken down.