Actresses Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are both taking legal action, separately, over the release of "stolen" private images.

A publicist for Watson told the BBC, "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."

Seyfried's lawyers sent a letter to a website that had posted, without her consent, "several very private photographs of Ms. Seyfried either in various states of nudity or in intimate moments with her former boyfriend." TMZ has a copy of the letter, which demands that the site "immediately and permanently: (i) cease and desist any use of the Seyfried Photographs, and (ii) remove the Seyfried Photographs
from your website."

'Loving' - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film FestivalThese leaks follow Mischa Barton's statement about an unauthorized sex tape being shopped around. "Someone I thought I loved and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments, without my consent, with hidden cameras," she said (via People). "Then I learned something even worse: that someone is trying to sell these videos and make them public. I came forward to fight this not only for myself but for all the women out there."

Emma Watson said she was threatened with a leak of nude images in 2014 after a speech she gave on gender equality as a UN Ambassador. She said she knew it was a hoax, since the pictures didn't exist, but it didn't escape her attention 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." Watson is currently promoting "Beauty and the Beast," which opens Friday, March 17.

In January, the hacker who broke into the private accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities was sentenced to nine months in prison.

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