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Today in mea culpas: the Australian edition of GQ has apologized for an interview the magazine conducted with Taylor Lautner, wherein the reporter asked Lautner if director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, both openly gay, hit on him during a recent dinner.
"No, definitely not," the 'Twilight' star replied when questioned about the trios recent dinner in Los Angeles. "I think they know I'm straight. But they're great guys. They're a lot of fun. It's not a coincidence that there was a writer, a director, and an actor at dinner." (Taylor Lautner: never met a question he couldn't totally disarm with minimal effort.)
Black -- who won an Oscar for 'Milk' and wrote coming Oscar contender 'J. Edgar' -- was none too pleased with the insinuations. "Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I'm shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators," he wrote on his blog. "I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner?"
For its part, GQ Australia has now apologized on Facebook. "We've seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologize if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn't our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone -- regardless of sexuality or gender. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting 'Twilight,' and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo DiCaprio."
Lautner can be seen in 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' on Nov. 18.
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