Emma Watson is speaking out for the first time about being threatened with a nude photo leak last year.
The 24-year-old actress says she was threatened for speaking out about women’s rights and she discussed it all while celebrating International Women’s Day this weekend.
“After I gave my speech [at the UN] there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me, with a countdown,” Emma explained. “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 that gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent – that it was a thing of the past. [They said] ‘We live in Great Britain! This is a thing of the past! We’re fine aren’t we? We’re good! We’ve got far enough.’”
Click inside to read how Emma Watson’s family reacted to it all…
“They saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights, I was immediately threatened. Within less than 12 hours I was receiving threats. And I think that really shocked,” she said. “One of my brothers in particular was very upset. So I think it was just a wake-up call. This is a real thing, it’s happening now. Women are receiving threats. I was just raging. It made me so angry. I was like, ‘This is why I have to be doing this.’ So if they’re trying to put me off, they did the opposite.”