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Emma Watson talks about receiving threats for her political activism

By Karen Butler
British actress Emma Watson attends the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum in London on Dec. 1, 2014. Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI
British actress Emma Watson attends the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum in London on Dec. 1, 2014. Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, March 8 (UPI) -- British actress Emma Watson says some people were surprised by the backlash she suffered when she started speaking out against gender inequality.

People magazine said the 24-year-old former Harry Potter co-star recounted her experiences Sunday in a Facebook Q&A to promote the HeForShe equality campaign.

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"There was a website set up that was threatening to release naked images of me, with like a countdown and whatever else," Watson explained, adding: "I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn't exist."

"A lot of people close to me knew gender equality was an issue, but didn't think it was that urgent. You know: 'We live in Great Britain. This is a thing of the past. We're fine. We're good. We have got far enough,'" she said. "When they saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women's rights, I was immediately threatened. I mean, within less than 12 hours, I was receiving threats. I think they were really shocked and one of my brothers in particular was very upset."

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