Private images of the Harry Potter actress during a swimsuit fitting were leaked onto the web after her computer is believed to have been hacked.
The photos appeared alongside pictures of an unknown woman in the bath with her face obscured, although Ms Watson has denied those pictures are of her.
Personal pictures of Emma Watson have been stolen and posted online alongside mystery nude photos.
A spokesman for the Beauty and the Beast star confirmed the pictures – which show her trying on various outfits – were stolen. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her publicist said. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
The 26-year-old announced this afternoon that she has brought in lawyers to deal with the issue. She was forced to release a statement after online posts claimed naked images of her had been put up on an anonymous message board as well as encrypted parts of the internet. Web users said hacked pictures of her and fellow actress Amanda Seyfried had been spotted on ‘the dark web’, a matrix of encrypted websites that allow users to surf with anonymity. A representative for Watson confirmed some pictures of her had been stolen, but they were from a clothes fitting two years ago.
News of the theft comes a week after Watson sparked fierce debate over whether she was anti-feminist for exposing part of her breasts in a Vanity Fair photoshoot.
Emma Watson is pursuing legal action after dozens of her private photos were reportedly stolen and leaked online. The actress was previously threatened in 2014 with a leak of nude images, after a speech she gave on gender equality as a UN Ambassador for Women. Last month, a man in the US was jailed for nine months for hacking into the online accounts of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, and stealing private information, including nude videos and photos.
Claims were made online that nude photos of the star had been leaked. Actress reveals photos of a swimsuit fitting have been stolen from her. But her representative insists the pictures stolen were not nude photos. It comes after the actress was threatened by hackers two years ago