'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart caused quite a stir when she recently compared her encounters with the paparazzi to "being raped" in an article for British Elle. After several rape victim organizations cried foul, the actress issued an apology.

Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stewart's 'Twilight' co-star and on-the-sly beau, Robert Pattinson, spoke up in defense of his lady friend.

"None of those associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first -- who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites," the actor tells EW. "That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone."