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Kristen Stewart has apologized after comparing her experience with paparazzi intrusion to rape in the July issue of British Elle.

“I really made an enormous mistake — clearly and obviously,” says the actress. “I’m really sorry about my choice of words.”

Stewart spoke with People magazine in Korea, where she’s promoting Eclipse.

Fans and rape victims’ advocates criticized the star this week after her comments to Elle made their way online. In them, Stewart expresses her frustration with constant paparazzi attention and relates it to sexual assault.

“‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought,” says Stewart.

Given Stewart’s past work on behalf of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Security on Campus (SOC) organizations, her sensitivity to the issue of sexual assault is established.

In that light, the Elle comments are regrettable but do not signal callousness toward real victims.



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