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Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter star Emma Watson is reportedly taking legal action after private photos of her were stolen and posted online.
A spokesperson for the actress says the photos show her trying on various outfits, according to BBC News.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her publicist told the BBC. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
Unfortunately, incidents of women in the public eye being personally violated by hackers have become commonplace.
Watson’s story comes on the heels of an announcement that another female star is taking legal action over unauthorized images. Attorney Lisa Bloom is holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss reports that “revenge porn” featuring her client Mischa Barton is being shopped.
Earlier this year, actress Lucy Hale publicly told a hacker who stole nude photos of her to “kiss my ass,” and her attorney reportedly sent a warning letter to the site that posted the photos.
The largest incident in recent memory is the massive 2014 celebrity nude photo hack. At the time, both Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about it. In the past few months, two men were sentenced in connection with that crime. Both men were facing up to five years in prison, but were sentenced to nine and 18 months.
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