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Emma Watson Named in Panama Papers

Actress admits she has had an offshore account to protect ”her anonymity and safety“

“Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson has been named in the infamous Panama Papers, but the actress claims she’s received no tax or monetary advantages from setting up an offshore company.

“Emma (like many high-profile individuals) set up an offshore company for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety,” said a statement issued by her representatives Tuesday, according to USA Today. “Emma receives absolutely no tax or monetary advantages from this offshore company whatsoever — only privacy.”

British conservative paper The Spectator found that “Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson” is a beneficiary of an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands.

The Panama Papers, a trove of over 11 million documents exposing thousands of offshore companies established by law firm Mossack Fonseca, have exposed how secret businesses influenced economies, put world leaders on notice and even forced Iceland’s Prime Minister to step down.

The father of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Jackie Chan and Simon Cowell are just a few other names that have turned up previously in analyses of the Panama Papers by members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The ICIJ is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries, according to its website.