Last week, Kristen Stewart was outed as a homewrecker when she was caught doing some high school style heavy petting with her married with kids Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
You know the story by now…yada yada, but here’s some deets you may have been wondering like how much US Weekly bought the photos for, and why didn’t Kristen’s reps try to stop it, and what were the photogs thinking when they trailed K-Stew in her mini cooper in what we’re now calling Twi-gate?
The photo agency who took the pictures won’t divulge how much they were paid for the images of K-Stew and Sanders but a former bureau chief for US Weekly told the L.A. Times that it’s likely they paid about $250,000 for the cheating photos.
But why did this news get out when so many other salacious Hollywood scandals stay secret? Why wasn’t this just another “blind item?”
US Weekly’s entertainment director says they weren’t worried about running the pictures because “they were taken legally in a public place.”
But what about Kristen’s reps? Word is, K-Stew and her team were tipped off about the photos a day before, giving her time to a) freak out, b) tell Rob, and c) prepare her apology note.
“Usually, you go to the reps and they'll say, 'If you don't run those pictures, I'll give you this scoop instead,'" says Melanie Bromley, the former US Weekly chief, "But in this case, there was nothing the reps could barter."
Basically, there was nothing more scandalous than a cheating scandal that K-Stew’s reps could pitch instead. They couldn’t be like “Oh, we’ll give you a story on how K-Stew and R-Patz are talking about marriage if you don’t publish those pictures.” That would not have cut it.
But what about the photographers who witnessed the event?
Photo agency, FameFlyNet Pictures, was trailing K-Stew from her home when they saw a mystery man enter her car and at first thought nothing of it. But it wasn’t until they were uploading the images that they realized it was Sanders.
"That was when we realized, 'Oh, my God, she's not just cheating on Rob — this guy is married and has kids,'" recalled Scott Cosman, the owner of FameFlyNet. "It was pretty scandalous, and it had so many different angles to it."
Only time will tell how this will play out for K-Stew and R-Patz press tour and promotional events for the last Twilight film and also, will this throw a wrench into plans to make a Snow White sequel?