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Emma Watson in fury over hoax nude pictures threat

By James Rothwell

Emma Watson has said she was "raging" after a hoax website threatened to release nude photos of her online.

The Harry Potter star and UN Ambassador for Women said the website targeted her after she spoke up for women's rights.

"I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn't exist, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn't think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past," she said at Facebook's headquarters in London to mark International Women's Day.

"I was raging - it made me so angry. I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite."

On Saturday, hundreds took part in a colourful march through Belfast to celebrate Women's Day.

Tonight, Stormont will be lit up in purple to mark the occasion. Anne McVicker of the Women's Research and Development Agency said while it was recognition of the invaluable contribution women make, the fight for equality continues.

The Equality Commission said the Assembly has the lowest female representation of all the legislatures in the UK with only a fifth of MLAs being women. Chief executive Dr Evelyn Collins said that with elections looming, local parties should take steps to ensure that more women are candidates.

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