Emma Watson will not apologize for being found in the Panama Papers. What would Hermione think?

Emma Watson will not apologize for being found in the Panama Papers. What would Hermione think?
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What do Jackie Chan, the Icelandic Prime Minister, and Emma Watson have in common? The Panama Papers.

It does not make for a good punchline, but it does drag the former Harry Potter actress into a global scandal exposing wealthy folks' rampant use of offshore bank accounts to avoid taxes.

Watson's name was tied to the leaked documents on the searchable Offshore Leaks Database, where "Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson" is listed as a beneficiary of a company in the British Virgin Islands. Her representatives have responded in a statement to The Spectator.

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Emma (like many high profile individuals) set up an offshore company for the sole purpose of protecting her anonymity and safety. 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, which has been jeopardized in the past owing to such information being publicly available.

Offshore companies do not publish these shareholder details. Emma receives absolutely no tax or monetary advantages from this offshore company whatsoever – only privacy.

If her intentions were truly pure, Watson gets a pass. It's easy to understand why someone who has paparazzi trying to sneak up-skirts of them would want a little privacy.

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Jackie Chan gets a pass too, just because he's so god damn good at karate.

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