Emma Watson Plans Legal Action Over Stolen Photos

Actress Emma Watson is preparing to take legal action over stolen photos that were leaked online this week, causing rumors of a nude-photo scandal. Watson’s representatives said Wednesday that the photos were not in fact nude, but were stolen after a clothes fitting years ago. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further,” her publicist was cited as saying by Reuters. Twitter has been buzzing this week with claims naked photos of the Beauty and the Beast star have been shared online in an anonymous file-sharing network, though it is not clear who is thought to be behind the photo leak. Watson’s representatives did not specify if they knew who was responsible for stealing the photos, nor did they clarify what kind of legal action they intend to take. Watson previously faced threats that hackers would release nude photos of her after she spoke in support of gender equality at the UN in early 2015. At the time, she dismissed the threats as a hoax.