According to Buzzfeed News, hackers have reportedly posted stolen private photos of actors Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, and Jillian Murray online. A representative for Watson confirmed to the BBC that personal photos of the Beauty and the Beast star were stolen. A statement from her rep to the BBC reads, "Photos 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."
Buzzfeed News reports that the photos allegedly showing Seyfried and Murray seem to be more explicit. Bustle has reached out to reps for Murray and Seyfried for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
TMZ claims that Seyfried's legal team released a letter to a website that allegedly posted the photos requesting that they be removed. Bustle asked Seyfried's rep about this report, as well, but has not yet received a response.
The private photos reportedly were circulating on Reddit and 4chan on Tuesday, March 14. A screenshot from one of the 4chan threads reportedly says that more personal photos of female stars will be posted in the next few days, Buzzfeed News reports.
The BBC reported that Watson was threatened with a nude photo leak in 2014 after giving a speech on gender equality as a UN ambassador for women. During a HeforShe webcast a year later, Watson said, "I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn't exist."