Or maybe it would be more accurate to say "one of the pictures." I believe there were two, almost identical.
I don't really know where it appeared first on the internet, but some say it was on 8Chan, where it still is today (that's the link above). 8Chan bills itself as "the Darkest Reaches of the Internet."
I was convinced it was just another fake until she insisted on having it removed from a site called Celeb Jihad, thus allowing the back-story to start emerging. I guess it was taken by an assistant as a test to see what the outfit looked like, and the copyright was assigned to Emma. Presumably she decided against the outfit. I don't know how the photos got on the internet. All of the explanations for that have been speculative. Was a phone hacked? Did the assistant betray her? Nobody seems to know for sure.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
I believe this is the Emma Watson picture that caused her to take legal action
I believe this is the Emma Watson picture that caused her to take legal action.