Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson has reportedly been hacked.
Many U.K. publications are reporting that the former Harry Potter actress had multiple personal photos stolen and posted online. Her team insists that none of them are nude photos, as was initially rumoured to be the case.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” confirmed a spokesperson for Watson to The Telegraph. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
The pictures in question were allegedly posted to the “dark web” — the part of the internet only accessible by means of special software, thus the logical home for illegal activity — and message board 4Chan on late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. (The 4Chan post was supposedly posted anonymously, which automatically deletes itself after a brief period of time.)
As of this writing, nothing remains of the original postings, if they ever existed in the first place. A Reddit thread previously discussing the hack is now a page of deleted comments. (Global News cannot verify the existence of “dark web” postings.)
People on the Reddit thread and on Twitter (as you can see below) insisted that they’d seen the photos of Watson, alongside nude pictures of actress Amanda Seyfried.