Emma Watson named in Panama Papers, but she's keeping her cool

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Emma Watson Is Named in the Panama Papers, but She's Staying Cool


Believe it or not, Vladimir Putin, David Cameron and Emma Watson all have something in common: ties to the Panama Papers.


On Monday, details of more than 200,000 offshore entities were released, and according to The Spectator, "Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson" is named as a beneficiary in an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands.


Offshore companies aren't illegal, but hiding your money in them to avoid paying taxes is considered unethical at best. The Panama Papers — leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca — have implicated thousands of rich and powerful people across the globe in tax avoidance schemes.


But the "Harry Potter" actress seems to be playing it cool. Her representatives issued a statement that reads in part: "Emma (like many high-profile individuals) set up an offshore company for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety. Emma receives absolutely no tax or monetary advantages from this offshore company whatsoever — only privacy."


Watson may have opted for a more private, offshore account because companies in the U.K. are forced to publish details of shareholders. Or maybe she just wanted to have a reason to visit the BVIs — we can't blame her for that.

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British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) speaks, next to an unidentified translator, during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, takes notes during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups which are pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, right, speaks with Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle Tuesday May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Emma Watson arrives for the UK Premiere of Noah at a central London cinema, London, Monday, March. 31, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Noah" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Emma Watson at Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on March 25, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
Actress Emma Watson poses prior to attending the Vogue party, in Paris, Wednesday July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camu
English actress Emma Watson poses for the photographers during the Spain Premiere of the movie "Noah" in Madrid, Spain. Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Actress Emma Watson attends the "Noah" Germany Film Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Presenters Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Emma Watson walk on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures 'Noah' (Noe) at the Palafox cinema on March 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Emma Watson attends the 'Noah' Germany Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori, left, and Director of UN Women Gulden Turkoz, right, applaud after a speech by Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Emma Watson attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
From left, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Emma Watson, and Israel Broussard pose together at the LA premiere of "The Bling Ring" at the Director's Guild of America on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson walks between buildings following commencement services on the campus of Brown University, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Providence, R.I. The actress, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Ivy League university. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MTV - Actress Emma Watson accepts the trailblazer award on stage at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for MTV/AP Images)
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