Representative says actress Emma Watson had offshore company
NEW YORK - A representative for "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson said she had an offshore company for privacy reasons only.
The company, Falling Leaves Ltd., was named in the so-called Panama Papers, a series of leaked documents that revealed how some politicians and celebrities hide money. More files were made available this week by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Watson created the company in the British Virgin Islands three years ago "for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety," the representative said.
"UK 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."
The spokesman said Watson received no monetary advantages from the offshore company.