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'Potter' star Emma Watson denies Brown bullying claims

April 30, 2011 12:31:19 AM PDT
British actress Emma Watson set the record straight on Friday about her decision to take a semester off from college.

Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" series, took to her website to dispel any rumors that she left Brown University in Rhode Island because she had been bullied.

"I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown," she said. "I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying, and this causing me to leave, seems beyond unfair."

Watson said she is not sure what her plans are for the fall semester, the beginning of her third year. Like many of her "fellow Brown students," she wrote, she is considering studying abroad.

A New York Daily News article claimed that when Watson responded correctly to questions in class, her classmates would shout, "Three points for Gryffindor!" - a reference to the "Harry Potter" films.

Watson denied the incident ever happened.

Apart from the Gryffindor comment, there was little sense on campus that Brown students heckled or antagonized Watson, according to Brown students.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.