Emma Watson is taking legal action over some stolen photos.
The photos were from a clothes fitting a few years ago, but her spokesman confirmed that they did not show her naked.
“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,” he said, according to The Guardian.
Reports are now suggesting that the photos have been shared on the so-called “dark web” – an encrypted network that is not easily accessible to the average user.
The news comes after the recent sentencing on Edward Majerczyck, the man who famously hacked Jennifer Lawrence and many other female star’s phones. He was sentenced to nine months in prison.
The Beauty and the Beast star has been threatened in the past with the leak of nude photos as retaliation for her speech about gender equality as a UN ambassador for women.
“I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn’t exist. The minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights I was immediately threatened, within less than 12 hours I was receiving threats,” Emma said at the time.
“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy,” she said.
Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: “I couldn’t care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear.” Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
The 26-year-old was recently criticised and branded a ‘hypocrite’ on social media for her latest Vanity Fair shoot, in which she posed in a bolero jacket with nothing underneath.
However, Emma hit back at critics by telling the BBC, “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is.
“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing,” she added.