Chris Pine addresses that Harry Styles #SpitGate incident

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Chris Pine is setting the record straight once and for all on the rumors Harry Styles spit on him at the 2022 Venice Film Festival premiere of their movie Don't Worry Darling. And the answer is…

"Harry did not spit on me," Chris, 42, said in a new Esquire video for its March 2023 issue. "Harry's a very, very kind guy."

In case you missed it, the spitting speculation started after a video of Harry, 29, and Chris at the September screening went viral. But according to the Star Trek actor, he didn't know they had caused such a frenzy until he was flying out of Venice and his publicist told him they needed to give a response.

"I had no idea what happened," he recalled. "She showed me the thing, and it does look, indeed, like Harry's spitting on me. He didn't spit on me."

However, Chris has an explanation for what was actually going on during their quick exchange.

"I think what he said is he leaned down and I think he said, 'It's just words isn't it?'" he continued. "'Cause we had this little joke. 'Cause we're all jet-lagged, we're all trying to answer these questions that, sometimes, when you're doing these press things, your brain goes all befuddled and you start speaking gibberish. And we had a joke, 'It's just words, man.'"