Chris Pine’s Rep Responds to ‘Ridiculous’ Claim That Harry Styles Spit on Him: ‘Complete Fabrication’

“There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama,” a rep for Chris Pine tells PEOPLE

In a statement exclusive to PEOPLE, a rep for Pine, 42, says of the feud buzz surrounding the actor and his Don’t Worry Darling costar, 28, “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,” the rep continues. “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.”

Chris Pine is breaking his silence on the viral moment in which many believe they saw Harry Styles spitting on him at the Venice International Film Festival.

Chris Pine's Rep Responds to 'Ridiculous' Claim That Harry Styles Spit on Him: 'Complete Fabrication'

The moment occurred Monday during the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling in Venice, Italy, after which a clip began circulating the internet in which Styles is seen taking his seat next to Pine — who notably is seated to the left of the movie’s director (and Styles’ girlfriend), Olivia Wilde.

As the “Watermelon Sugar” singer bends down to take his seat, his lips move before Pine quickly looks down and stops clapping — which some believed was the latter’s acknowledging that the singer had just spit.

Pine then shakes his head slightly and appears to giggle before reaching down and grabbing his sunglasses that are placed between his legs and continues to look amused.

As the clip began to go viral, the internet debated just exactly what occurred. One Twitter user posted a GIF made from the clip along with the message, “He 100% spit on Chris Pine.”

Others jumped to Styles’ defense online, giving another explanation to what happened. “Chris pine just wondered where his sunglasses were after the applause,” Twitter user @cinemazietgeist wrote of her interpretation of the footage.

Chris Pine's Rep Responds to 'Ridiculous' Claim That Harry Styles Spit on Him: 'Complete Fabrication'

“And he zoned out (likes he’s been doing all day) and realised it’s in his lap. So I am sorry to say harry styles did not spit on him,” the latter user added.

The same user later shared a slowed-down clip of the moment, writing, “And this vid shows nothing left his mouth.”

Styles and Florence Pugh star in Don’t Worry Darling as Jack and Alice, a young couple living in the seemingly perfect company town of Victory, California in the 1950s. As cracks begin to surface in their idyllic community, Alice becomes obsessed with the nature of her husband’s work.

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