Naked pictures of “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson remained on the blog Celeb Jihad, even though she threatened them with legal action, but the English star didn’t pay attention to the stolen X-rated photos. Instead, she promoted her new film, “Beauty and the Beast,” which also stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.
The star took to her official account on Twitter to talk about the movie. “#BeautyAndTheBeast opens today!” she tweeted to her 24.1 million followers Friday. “I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it. Love, Emma @beourguest.” The post was liked more than 203,000 times and shared nearly 60,000 times.
She didn’t issue a personal statement after her intimate photos leaked to the internet Tuesday. Instead, she let her rep submit a response. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen,” her publicist told the BBC Wednesday. “They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further.”
The massive celebrity nude photo hack is the biggest naked picture dump since 2014’s infamous scandal, which was known as the Fappening. Similarly, Tuesday’s leak was dubbed the Fappening 2.0.
“Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence was one of the biggest stars to fall victim to the first scandal. “I can’t even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shoot across the world like a news flash against my will,” she told Vanity Fair at the time. “It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that’s being passed around for a profit.”
Other victims of Fappening 2.0 were “Mean Girls” actress Amanda Seyfried, “Charmed” actress Rose McGowan and WWE “Total Divas” wrestler Paige.
The professional wrestler issued a statement on her verified Twitter account Friday, the same day that Watson ignored the hack to endorse her film. “Personal and private photos of mine were stolen and unfortunately they were shared publicly without my consent,” the 24-year-old said.