Emma Watson knew threats that naked images of her would be released, were a hoax.
Emma Watson knew threats that naked images of her would be released, were a hoax.

Emma Watson battles on after naked pictures threat

EMMA Watson has revealed that she knew a threat to publish naked pictures of her was a hoax - and that the episode was a "wake-up call" to those around her about gender inequality.

Speaking about her initiative HeForShe on International Women's Day, the actress said her family were "shocked" when she became the target of hackers claiming to have access to her most intimate pictures.

Watson said she was threatened "within 12 hours" of a rousing speech in New York as part of her role as UN Women Goodwill ambassador in September last year.

Though no comment was made at the time, she said she knew the threat "was a hoax - that the pictures didn't exist".

"It was a wake-up call to people around me in particular who didn't think we had a problem with gender equality in Great Britain," she said.

"People thought I'd be disheartened by this - but if anything it made me so much more determined.

"It made me so angry - and I realised that this this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off they did the opposite."

Watson spoke at the event, streamed live on Facebook, about the importance of men getting involved in gender equality.

"People associate feminism with hate - with man hate - and that's really negative," she said. "I think  that's why women became reluctant to use the  word.

"I don't think that's what it's about at all - it's something very positive," she added. "We've come back to what the actual definition is - equality politically, culturally, socially and economically.

"Men believe it's a women's word, but it's for men as well. If you stand for equality, you're a feminist - I'm sorry to tell you."

Watson's Facebook page has more than 30 million likes, but she said just 200,000 men have signed up to her pledge for gender equality.

You can do so on the HeForShe website.