Actress Emma Watson, who stars as Belle in the new Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast,” has taken legal action in response to a hack that resulted in her private photos being stolen and leaked online, BBC News reports.
Details of the action were not specified and a spokesman for Watson wasn’t saying much.
The report quotes Watson’s publicist saying: “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.”
The report notes that the photos show Watson trying on various outfits.
“News of the theft comes a week after Watson sparked fierce debate over whether she was anti-feminist for exposing part of her breasts in a Vanity Fair photoshoot,” the BBC reports. “The actress was previously threatened in 2014 with a leak of nude images, after a speech she gave on gender equality as a UN Ambassador for Women.”
Watson commented on the threat in 2015, saying: “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.”