A friend and colleague of Kristen Stewart has defended the actress following her "momentary indiscretion" with married father-of-twoRupert Sanders,(below with white tie)
Italian film producer Giovanni Agnelli befriended the starlet when she starred in his film Welcome To The Rileys.
Describing Kristen as a "sister", he played down her relationship with Rupert, who directed her in Snow White and the Huntsman.
"The spin that keeps growing on this story is staggering," he wrote on Twitter "There was no on-set affair. Stop printing lies."
"If one of your friends in real life was hurting, and lots of people were being cruel. Wouldn't you ask them to please stop?" he added.
As he made his plea, Kristen and estranged boyfriend Robert Pattinson, whom she met on the set of Twilight four years ago, are dealing with the aftermath of the furore.
Both have now moved out of the house they shared together in Los Angeles.
They now have to decide who will look after their beloved rescue dog, Bear, whom they saved from a shelter in New Orleans.
The couple adopted the puppy together, and a smitten Robert was spotted playing with his pet on the set of his latest film, Cosmopolis.
With his dedicated owners now separated, reports suggest Kristen is pushing for joint custody.