In an incident reminiscent of Celebgate in 2014, photos of Emma Watson have reportedly been stolen and distributed online. Images of the actress trying on clothes circulated on websites such as 4chan on Tuesday, alongside nude images that did not show the subject’s face.
“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” a publicist for Watson reported. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
Images of other celebrities were also rumored to be included in the leak, but none of the celebrities mentioned have confirmed the veracity of the claims.
The latest photo leak is only one in a number of incidents over the past few years. During Celebgate in 2014, a host of Hollywood A-listers including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton had nude images stolen from their Apple or Google accounts and distributed online. In a similar case this summer, hackers stole nude images and personal information of the actress Leslie Jones. And on Wednesday, actress Mischa Barton admitted that an alleged “sex tape” of her was revenge-porn that had been recorded without her consent. Barton said that the footage was recorded using secret cameras by someone “I thought I loved and trusted,” adding that “my absolute worst fear was realized.”
Celebrities aren’t the only ones being affected by nude image leaks. At Penn State University, a secret Facebook page was reportedly created by a fraternity in order to share nude images of unconscious women without their consent. A secret Facebook page was also used to disseminate nude images of current and former military servicewomen in a case currently under investigation by the United States Marine Corps.
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