According to The Huffington Post, the 2 actresses have taken legal action after their personal photos were posted online. It was also reported that the leak, dubbed “Fappening 2.0”, allegedly includes photos of other celebrities like Jillian Murray.
A representative of the “Beauty and the Beast” star said, “The (leaked) photos are from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
E! News pointed out that a website threatened to release naked pictures of Watson, who is a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, after she gave a powerful speech about feminism in 2015.
“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 they didn’t really think it was that urgent or particularly, you know, ‘We live in Great Britain, this is a thing of that past’….and then when they saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights, I was immediately threatened—I mean, in less than 12 hours (after the speech) I was receiving threats—and I think they were really shocked and particularly one of my brothers was very upset,” the “Harry Potter” actress said in a HeForShe webcast.
On the other hand, Seyfried’s attorney sent a letter to Celeb Jihad, a site that is notorious for leaking explicit pictures of famous stars, demanding they immediately remove her private photos. Furthermore, TMZ added that the actress’ legal team wants the website to preserve any evidence related to the leak.
This is not the first time Hollywood actresses have been the target of hacking. In 2014, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, and more were leaked online. One of the hackers, 29-year-old Edward J. Majerczyk, was sentenced to 9 months in prison in January for the massive leak.