"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 said in a statement to
Variety and the BBC.
Social media and blog posts have claimed that naked images of
Watson have been posted this week on an anonymous
document-sharing network. It was not clear what action her
lawyers are planning, or against whom.
Watson, 26, who made her name as a child star playing Hermione
Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies, found herself at the
center of a social media controversy earlier this month over a
photo shoot she did for Vanity Fair magazine that included a
picture in which parts of her breasts were exposed.
Critics called Watson, who is also a United Nations goodwill
ambassador on women's rights and equality, hypocritical and said
she was betraying her feminist ideals.
Watson hit back, saying feminism was about choice. "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," she told Reuters.
Watson appears in the live action version of the Disney classic
"Beauty and the Beast," which opens in movie theaters around the
world this week and is expected to take some $200 million at the
box-office, according to box office analysts.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler
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