Friday 15 November 2019

Website's nude photo hoax left me raging, says Emma Watson

James Rothwell London

ACTRESS Emma Watson has said she was "raging" after a hoax website threatened to release nude photos of her online.

The film star and UN Ambassador for Women said the website targeted her after she spoke up for women's rights.

She said: "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.

"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."

Last September, a web page entitled 'Emma You Are Next', featuring an image of the 'Harry Potter' star next to a countdown clock, appeared to have been created by a user of image-sharing website 4chan, on which lewd photos of celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, had been posted.

Watson was speaking at Facebook's headquarters in London to mark International Women's Day.

She said her most positive role model was her mother, who taught her that her deeds were more important than her looks.

She said: "The obvious choice is my mum, she was a single mother and a type one diabetic, so to see her strength and resilience was really inspiring growing up.

"I think she instilled in me in my teenage years when I was feeling very insecure, that what I was thinking, doing, saying, were infinitely more important than my physical appearance.

"She really encouraged me to be an individual. I remember her being thrilled when I got my first detention because she was really worried I was going to be a bit straight-laced.

"I'd failed my Latin exam ... I think I'd failed it a few times actually, maybe more than once, but let's not go into that."

One audience member asked Watson if she was paid less than her male counterparts in the 'Harry Potter' films.

She replied: "I wouldn't dream of complaining about my financial circumstances, but yes, it is a big problem in my industry, it is a huge problem that needs to be addressed."

Irish Independent

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