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Emma Watson makes surprise appearance in ‘Panama Papers’

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“Harry Potter” star and U.N. women’s goodwill ambassador Emma Watson.
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First they came after the prime minister of Iceland. Then they came after friends of Vladimir Putin. Now they’ve come after Emma Watson. When will the “Panama Papers” reign of terror end?

In April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit organization based in Washington and made up of hundreds of journalists from over 70 countries, released the “Panama Papers,” consisting of 11.5 million records regarding offshore holdings of the rich and famous. 

Included in the documents are details about the holdings of “Harry Potter” star and U.N. women’s goodwill ambassador Emma Watson, whose representatives clarify that Watson’s interest in offshore accounts [is] a matter of privacy, not financial gain.

“Emma (like many high profile individuals) set up an offshore company for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety,” the statement from Watson’s representatives said before going on to speak to the differences between U.K. and offshore holding companies.

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“Emma receives absolutely no tax or monetary advantages from this offshore company whatsoever - only privacy,” the statement concluded. 

Watson likely won’t be the last actor cited for offshore dealings, as the ICIJ launched a searchable database for 200,000 entities related to the “Panama Papers" on Monday.

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