7:04 AM EDT 3/17/2017
Actresses Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson are taking legal action against those who illegally accessed their private photos. Furthermore, the photos were leaked online and shared.
Lawyers for Emma Watson confirmed that the photographs that appeared online were authentic, USA Today reported. In a statement, the actresses legal team confirmed that the images were stolen.
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Emma Watson´s publicist told the publication that the pictures in circulation were not nude photos. However, the photographs of the young actress were taken a few years back during a costume fitting. The publicist of Emma Watson added that they could not comment further. Her team said that legal measures were being resorted to settling further unpleasantness.
Users of social media sites such as Reddit claimed Emma Watsonś images are available on the dark web, the Telegraph reported. Other social media user said the actresses images can be found on the message board -- 4Chan. According to reports, those who post on the anonymous message board can delete information about themselves after submitting the post.
Unlike in Emma Watsonś case of leaked photos, Amanda Seyfried was photographed without her knowledge in an intimate setting with her then boyfriend. According to the publication, the photographs were leaked online at the Celebrity Jihad website. This website is known for popularising nude celebrity photographs.
Amanda Seyfriedś lawyers have begun legal action against the website, the Huffington Post reported. Furthermore, her legal team has asked the website administrators to remove the pictures immediately. However, they asked that evidence of the images and correspondence relating to the sharing of the photos be made available to the team.
Attention was drawn to the matter through social media. Many users took to their Twitter accounts to reveal that images of both actresses had been circulated online. Lawyers for both Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried claimed that at the moment it was unclear if the hacks were related. However, in 2014 a similar situation of leaked pictures targeted actresses, Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence.
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