Yesterday, the internet at large was forced to process with the rather upsetting mental image of former Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson performing non-simulated masturbation on a dog, for his role in the upcoming indie movie Good Time.
He told Jimmy Kimmel that he was asked to perform the dubious sex act by the film’s director, but refused, and unsurprisingly, the anecdote went viral as balls – who knew that people would be so fascinated with a gross story about a Hollywood star doing hand stuff to an animal?
A day later, it seems like Pattinson regrets telling Kimmel his colourful tale – a shaggy dog story, if you will – and may have actually made the whole thing up.
The 31-year-old actor has issued a statement to E! News, essentially saying that he was just kidding around, and didn’t expect the story to catch on. He said:
The story I told on Jimmy Kimmel last night seems to have spiralled out of control. What didn’t come across is that this was supposed to be a joke. No one at all expected or assumed that anything like that would happen on the Good Time set.
We are all huge animal lovers and would obviously never do anything to harm an animal. Everyone involved in Good Time are amazing professionals and have come together to make a movie that I’m extremely proud of.
I feel embarrassed that in the moment, I was trying to make Jimmy laugh, only to create confusion and a false impression.
So that’s … a relief, I guess?
Brothers Benny and Josh Safide, who directed Good Time, also took to Twitter to defend themselves, sharing an article about the puppy situation and saying “LOL this is NOT true”.
LOL this is NOT true. https://t.co/t71LJR1Xdo
— SAFDIE (@JOSH_BENNY) August 4, 2017
So there you have it folks, we can all just continue living our lives until the next time a celebrity tells an extremely NSFW anecdote about massaging a dog’s inner thigh, and then publicly walks it back.