When photographs of Kristen Stewart canoodling with director Rupert Sanders were published by Us Weekly in July, many were shocked.
For an actress who managed to keep her four-year relationship with Robert Pattinson relatively private, it seemed suspect that she could be so careless as to have her "momentary indiscretion" in such a public place that's known to be swarmed with paparazzi. It was also equally suspect that Stewart immediately issued a public apology, and declared her love for Pattinson.
With the exception of drug benders and mental breakdowns, there are few things in Hollywood that aren't controlled by publicists, so it's no surprise that there are conspiracy theorists who believe the photos are fake and the entire cheating scandal was a publicity stunt.
Crushable writer Jenni Maier is convinced that the scandal was orchestrated to boost the careers of everyone involved, and she makes some interesting points:
Not only do average people now know the names Rupert Sanders and Liberty Ross, but they’ve gotten offered scripts, jobs and everything a Hollywood family could want.
Heck, Liberty Ross walked in Fashion Week for the first time in years — and just by walking she eclipsed the names of several bigger models and landed front page headlines.
Maier also points out that just weeks after the scandal, Pattinson embarked on a whirlwind press tour for "Cosmopolis," which did remarkably well despite tepid reviews. And while Stewart has shouldered more than her fair share of bad press, the premiere of "On The Road" scored tons of publicity, simply because it was her first appearance since the scandal.
Maier isn't alone in her suspicions, which is evident from the painstaking video one conspiracy theorist made detailing how the photos of Stewart and Sanders were doctored to the point that it may not even be Stewart who is embraced in Sanders' arms.
Are the photos fakes? Is the cheating scandal one giant publicity stunt? Watch the video above and decide for yourself.