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)
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)
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)
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)
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