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Simon Cowell weighed in on ‘Spitgate’.
The record executive, 62, who formed One Direction on The coefficient x in 2010, defended Harry Styles’ character this week Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the boy band alum was accused of spitting Don’t worry dear actor Chris Pine at the Venice International Film Festival.
“That doesn’t sound like Harry,” Cowell said, adding: “He definitely, definitely wouldn’t do that. That’s not Harry. Harry is very kind and charming, he wouldn’t do that… I’ll tell you , he’s a very, very, very nice guy.”
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After Kimmel, 54, suggested Styles, 28, might have spat “accidentally,” Cowell agreed: “I was thinking about it, we all do. “I’m really sorry I did that.”
The debate came after social media posted a video in which Styles appeared to spit on Pine, 42, as they took their seats at the world premiere of their new film on Monday. Directed by Olivia Wilde, Don’t worry dear has already garnered attention and speculation about some alleged behind-the-scenes drama.
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A rep for Pine commented on the moment in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE: “This is a ridiculous story — a complete fabrication and the result of a bizarre online illusion that clearly deceives and allows for foolish speculation.”
“To be clear, Harry Styles did not I spit on Chris Pine,” the rep added. “There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion to the contrary is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply doesn’t exist.”
While a rep for Styles did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, the Grammy Award winner joked about the moment onstage at his Madison Square Garden concert on Wednesday, telling the audience that he “just went too fast to Venice to spit Chris Pine”.
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Styles and Olivia Pugh star Don’t worry dear as Jack and Alice, a young married couple in the 1950s, living in the quaint desert town of Victory, California, where Alice becomes obsessed with the mysterious nature of Jack’s work as cracks begin to appear in their utopian community.
Don’t worry dear opens September 23 in theaters.