Robert Pattinson has spoken out about the recent brouhaha surrounding co-star Kristen Stewart’s now infamous “rape” comment.
During a recent interview with Elle magazine Stewart likened the paparazzi intrusion in her life to being raped.
“Your little persona is made up of all the places that people have seen you and what has been said about you, and usually the places that I am are so overwhelming in the moment and fleeting for me — like on second where I’ve said something stupid, that’s me, forever,” she said.
“What you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction.
“All you see is an actor or a celebrity lit up but a flash.
“It’s so… The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can’t handle it.
“It’s f**ked. I never expected that this would be my life.”
She later apologised for her comments.
“I really made an enormous mistake — clearly and obviously,” she told People magazine.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stewart talks about the gaffe, and reiterates that she “used the wrong word” during the Elle interview.
“I’m so sensitive about stuff like that,” she says.
“That is the one subject that means a lot to me. I made one movie directly concerning it [2004's Speak], and I made another one where my character has a horrible history of rape [2010's Welcome to the Rileys]. I talked to a lot of people about it. I used the wrong word.”
Pattinson also pipes in, insisting that the likes of RAINN — Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network – only chimed in on the scandal because of the press.
“None of those associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first –who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites,” said Rob.
“That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy.
“And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs.”
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