Just when you thought you knew everything about the romance between everyone's favorite couple, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, here comes something I bet you didn't quite know about them. Robsten, as you did know, first met during auditions for the original Twilight film. The film's director, Catherine Hardwicke, told Elle magazine that the two read a scene together and -- surprise! -- had some very strong chemistry with each other. Well, of course, they did. They were reading from a scene that took place in biology class. Dishes Hardwicke in Elle's June issue with Kristen Stewart as cover girl:
I felt the sparks. I could see the attraction. Kristen was very vocal - she knew she had the strongest connection with Rob.
Ooh, this is good. But it gets so much better, folks. Here's the bit you may not have known.
At the time of the audition, Rob was 21 and Kristen was ... gulp ... 17! Which made her what is delicately known in some circles as "jail bait." Hardwicke decided that their chemistry was so explosive that she better warn Rob that there is such a thing called ... gulp ... statutory rape. "She's underage, don't even think about it! It's a law in our country," Hardwicke says she warned Rob.
And, of course, that must have worked because we know Rob and Kristen would have nevah hooked up or even thought about it whilst Kristen was short of being legal. Right? Right.
Remember how secretive everything was in the beginning with those two? How woo-woo, are-they-or-aren't they? This was definitely NOT because Kristen was underage. Definitely not.
Besides, I took it upon myself to look up the statutory rape laws in Oregon, where the movie was filmed. Guess what? The age of consent is 16. Whew! Rob, you're in the clear. Not that anything happened, of course. The only crime you committed, dahling, was being too sex-ay!
But, seriously, folks. What to do when you're just a wee bit older than your partner? And your partner is just a wee bit underage? Hey, don't look at me. I wouldn't take any chances. Hence the handy "Statutory Rape Laws by State" guide conveniently found online. A roll in the hay is not worth years in the clink.
Have you ever found yourself dating someone just a wee bit on the illegal side?
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