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Olivia Wilde is clearing up the drama surrounding Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and their alleged viral spitting incident. Earlier this month, the "Don't Worry Darling" stars and the rest of the movie's cast reunited in Italy at the 79th annual Venice Film Festival to promote their forthcoming thriller, but things weren't all smooth sailing.
On Sept. 5, a video went viral online in which some say it looked like Styles allegedly spit on his costar at a film screening. One Twitter user fueled the speculation with a slo-mo GIF from the video in a tweet that reads, "He 100% spit on Chris Pine." Others chimed in with their own interpretations of what they think took place — including a tweet that noted Pine might've just been looking for his sunglasses after a round of applause — but Wilde denies that anything repugnant took place.
On Sept. 21, the "Don't Worry Darling" director stopped by "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" to address the controversy surrounding her film. "Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Why or why not? Support your answer," the late-night talk-show host jokingly asked Wilde. To which she said, "He did not, but I think it's a perfect example of like, people will look for drama anywhere they can. Harry did not spit on Chris, in fact." With a laugh, Colbert replied, "We shall see."
A rep for Pine previously confirmed nothing scandalous occurred between Pine and Styles. In a statement to People addressing the alleged incident, the rep said, "This is a ridiculous story — a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation. Just to be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist." Reps for Pine and Styles did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR's previous requests for comment.
After speculation around the incident, now dubbed #Spitgate, grew, Styles made light of the rumors during his Sept. 7 show of his Love On Tour in New York City. "This is our 10th show at Madison Square Garden. It's wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York. I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine," he said jokingly. "But fret not, we're back!"
For the past few months, "Don't Worry Darling" has been embroiled in controversy with rumors about everything from an alleged pay disparity to behind-the-scenes drama over the casting of Styles's character, Jack. The role was originally given to Shia LaBeouf, but Variety reported that Wilde fired him, with Warner Bros. citing a "scheduling conflict." The actor later came forward to deny the claim and claimed to the outlet, via email, that he "quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time." Wilde has also repeatedly addressed her decision to fire LaBeouf, both in Vanity Fair's October issue and again during her appearance on "The Late Show."
Beyond casting disputes, Wilde has also been tangled in a rumored beef with Florence Pugh, her film's leading lady, but has denied such claims. During the Venice Film Festival, Wilde was asked to "clear the air" about Pugh, a question she responded to by saying, "Florence is a force, and we are so grateful that she's able to make it tonight despite being in production on 'Dune.' I know, as a director, how disruptive it is to lose an actor even for a day, so I'm very grateful to her, to Denis Villeneuve for helping us. And we're really thrilled we'll get to celebrate her work tonight. I can't say enough how honored I am to have her as our lead. She's amazing in the film," as per People.
See what else Wilde had to say about Spitgate, her rumored feud with Pugh, and other "Don't Worry Darling" scandals in the video ahead.