Emma Watson Acknowledges Her Private Pictures Have Been Stolen, Denies They Are Nude Photos

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Emma Watson acknowledged that private photos of her were stolen after a collection of personal photos were published on the dark web.

Through a representative, Watson said that the photos were taken during a fitting she did a couple years ago with a stylist, according to the Daily Mail. None of the photos was nude. (RELATED: Emma Watson Describes Her ‘Feminist Awakening’)

Actress Emma Watson attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” the representative said in a statement. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.” (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Thinks Teen Vogue Is ‘Hard-Hitting News’)

The personal photos, along with some nude photos of a woman whose face was obscured, surfaced on the anonymous message board 4chan and on encrypted parts of the internet. Reddit users also were chatting about the alleged pictures being available on the dark web.

In 2015, the “Beauty and the Beast” actress dealt with a similar threat about leaked personal photos following a speech she gave about gender equality as a U.N. Ambassador.

“I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn’t exist, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past,” Watson said at the time.

“And then when they saw that the minute I stood up talking about women’s rights I was immediately threatened, I think they were really shocked, my brother was particularly upset,” she added.

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