The 26-year-old actress’s name has been listed in the infamous Panama Papers scandal, which is a cache of over 11 million confidential documents from a Panama law firm leaked by a group of journalists. The documents detail how some of the world’s richest and most powerful people hide their wealth in tax havens and offshore accounts.
The journalists responsible for leaking the documents disclosed the identities of those with offshore accounts this past Monday.
A representative for Emma was pushed to respond to the news and through a statement, said the actress only set up an account to protect personal details about herself.
The statements reads, “Emma (like many high-profile individuals) set up an offshore company for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety. U.K. companies are required to publicly publish details of their shareholders and therefore do not give her the necessary anonymity required to protect her personal safety, which has been jeopardized in the past owing to such information being publicly available.”
It goes on to say Emma, “…receives absolutely no tax or monetary advantages from this offshore company whatsoever – only privacy.”
Emma is not the only celebrity whose name was published. Simon Cowell, Sarah Ferguson, Pedro Almodóvar, Jackie Chan and several world leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, have been mentioned.
In total, information on nearly 320,000 offshore accounts has been divulged.