Rupert Sanders is turning out to be the worst kind of cad and sexual predator. He likely spent weeks working on Kristen Stewart, telling her god knows what to seduce her. Then, he tosses her away like a wet dish rag as soon as his tawdry affair is uncovered.
Stewart certainly shares in the blame. But she’s only 22, while Sanders is 41, nearly twice his age with a wife and two kids. What’s more, he was in a position of authority and he used it to his advantage.
But the really sickening part is the way he was passionately embracing Stewart one moment, and then went crawling back to his wife begging for forgiveness as soon as he was caught.
“I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world,” he wailed in a statement.
Then what does that make Stewart? Chopped Liver?
He’s uttered not a word of remorse to her, nor did he beg for her forgiveness or express sorrow for devastating her life. It would have been more honorable if he’d just apologized to his wife and said he was in love with someone else. It happens.
For her part, Stewart has revealed herself to be not the person everyone thought she was. She’s easily manipulated, really not very bright and, frankly, shallow.
Her own apology was just as bad. It had to be for public relations purposes. If she felt that strongly about Rob, then why cheat in the first place? She had plenty of time to think about what she was doing and knew the effect it would have on Rob if she got caught.
And, if they thought they wouldn’t get caught in an era of saturation celebrity media coverage, they’re really stupid. In fact they were so clumsy about it, you could argue that they wanted to get caught.
But in the end, Sanders bears the blame for taking brutal advantage of her. Stewart was making her first big epic outside of “Twilight” in a role more demanding than any she’s played.
It’s easy to see her developing feelings for the person who guided her, reassured her, mentored her and gave her a shoulder to lean on during moments when her insecurities got the better of her on set, as they surly must have.
To Sanders, she was nothing more than an easy lay, a simple “locationship” as they say. In fact, some reports claim Stewart was trying to end it now that they were back in LA.
The sad truth is Hollywood bigwigs have been taking advantage of starlets since the first director yelled action… on his casting couch. But in this day and age of women’s rights and heightened awareness about sexual harassment, you would think slimeballs like Sanders would never get to first base.
Nah. As the late Gore Vidal once said, “never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.” But in this case he likely would have added, just not at the same time.