Holy Moly! Emma Watson Hires A Bodyguard For £90,000 Per Year

April 1, 2014

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How much do you spend on security? If you’re superstar Emma Watson, protecting your highly valuable assets, it could cost you a whopping £90,000 (about $150,000) a year!

Sources close to the A-list actress have reported that Watson has shored up her security team with the addition of a new bodyguard. While it’s a whopping amount of money for the average 20-something, Watson’s fortune is estimated to be around $38 million, so she surely has the dough to blow.

To serve and protect

These days, if you see Emma Watson walking a red carpet or running out to the store for a late-night snack, you’re likely to spot Denise Morrone, a former police lieutenant with the NYPD, somewhere nearby. Shaken by several episodes where overzealous fans have gotten a little too up close and personal, Watson has hired Morrone to keep her safe from the kind of crazies stars of her magnitude attract.

A source close to the stylish star told the Daily Mail that she “pays for her bodyguard out of her own pocket, and Denise accompanies her everywhere, even when Emma is out for dinner. Denise is always there, making sure she is safe.”

Magnet for maniacs

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Young Emma Watson, who will celebrate her 24th birthday on April 15th, rose to fame as the intelligent and smart mouthed Hermione Granger in the wildly popular “Harry Potter” franchise. Such high-profile appearances on the big screen have garnered her a huge following, but not all the attention has been flattering.

When she was just a 16 year old student studying for her exams, a creepy older man began showing up in her classes, causing quite a stir. When she went on to study at Brown University, sinister letters started arriving in the post, leading concerned college officials to beef up campus security.

In 2012, the magical muggle was filming the upcoming epic “Noah” in Long Island, NY when a man approached her in the woods. As if being surprised by a random person in a remote locale wasn’t scary enough, Watson quickly recognized the man as someone who had previously been caught loitering outside her home.

Proving that sometimes stars are just like the rest of us, poor Emma screamed for her security and took off running. Thanks to a few quick-thinking stunt men, the intruder was caught and handed off to the authorities, but the lucky lurker got off with just a warning to curb his trespassing tendencies in the future.

Just recently, one of Watson’s super fans somehow tricked staffers at a studio and managed to make way onto the set where Watson was filming. This latest incident seems to have been the last straw for the rightfully scared starlet, who clearly is not taking any more risks when it comes to her safety.

Emma’s real live security blanket

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Morrone now reportedly accompanies Watson everywhere, including informal dinner dates and any and all public appearances. This new arrangement is a marked change for the normally low-key actress who, despite a very high-profile career, has always attempted to live a “normal” life without courting the spotlight.

Now, several scary encounters have apparently caused Watson to realize that getting rid of a stalker isn’t as easy as waving her magic wand. Though she once blended in with other co-eds and attended classes entourage free at Brown University and Oxford, the willowy witch now has an almost constant and combat-ready companion by her side.

It’s sad but true, apparently the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” don’t include a ton of privacy. As Watson heads off to promote her new big budget biblical flick, which was helmed by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky and co-stars the burly Russell Crowe (as Noah himself), Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly, we’re sure to be seeing a lot more of the pretty young lady and her trusty guard.

Hopefully, none of Watson’s stalkers will show up to make this tight-knit pair into a very uncomfortable threesome.

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