Emma Watson Topless Photo Scandalizes Brown

11/10/2010 08:23 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Emma Watson is trying to keep her cool about an allegedly topless photo of her circulating the campus of Brown University, where she is a sophomore.

The Daily Mail reports:

The 20-year-old actress -- Hermione in the film series -- is said to be appalled that the snap, apparently of her with a towel around her waist standing by a hot tub, has been emailed between students at the prestigious Brown University.

'Emma is trying to seek out the source so she can put a stop to it,' says a friend. 'She says the picture has been faked.'

Emma's spokesman said: 'There have been a number of nude fakes over the past two months. Emma has seen them and finds them tiresome. People should know better.'

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Watson praised her Brown classmates for their "protective" nature. "Brown has a real sense of community, and people are very protective of me," she said. "They really look out for me; they want me to feel like I'm part of it. I threw my 20th birthday party at Brown, and I didn't even have to say to anyone not to put pictures on Facebook. Not a single picture went up. That was when I knew I'd found a solid group of friends, and I felt like I belonged."

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