A website called Celeb Jihad has leaked a private photo of English actress Emma Watson. In the photo, Watson is wearing a see through top with no bra, revealing her breasts and nipples. And the Harry Potter star apparently threatened to take legal actions against the site for posting the photo.
According to TMZ, Watson’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the website Celeb Jihad, asking them to remove the revealing picture. The picture, according to Miss Watson’s lawyers, belongs to her. They had made the terms pretty clear in asking Celeb Jihad to remove the photo: The picture and its copyright are owned by Miss Emma Watson and hence it was illegal for the website to post the photo without her permission.
According to the cease and desist letter sent by Emma’s lawyers, the photo was supposedly taken by Miss Watson’s stylist, who them gave her all rights to the photo. It is unknown how Celeb Jihad got hold of that photo, but the website, notorious for leaking private photos of celebrities, apparently couldn’t bear the threat of Miss Watson’s lawyers as they have taken the picture down. Fair play, Emma!
And this isn’t the first time that the Harry Potter actress has been targeted regarding her nudes. Back in 2015, a website had posted a countdown, at the end of which they were supposedly going to post nude photos of Emma. The countdown, which turned out to be a hoax, said “Emma you are next” and was reportedly created by a user of the image sharing site 4chan, who had earlier that month posted revealing photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton.
Emma had spoken about her reaction to that incident during a “HeForShe” event on Facebook HQs in March 2015. The comments she made there kind of explain why she chose to threaten Celeb Jihad regarding the latest leak.
“After I gave my speech [at the UN] there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me. I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn’t exist, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past.”
“And then when they saw that the minute I stood up talking about women’s rights I was immediately threatened, I think they were really shocked, my brother was particularly upset. I was raging, it made me so angry, I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.”
“This is a real thing that’s happening now, women are receiving threats. I was raging, it made me so angry, I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.”
Emma is well known for her works on women’s rights. The English actress was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. In fact in September that year, she had addressed the launch of the HeForShe campaign, which is a UN Women campaign that calls for men to stand up for gender equality. Watson had in numerous occasions appeared on lists of the most influential women in the world, both for her decorated acting career and her strength and determination in standing up for woman’s rights.
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