Kristen Stewart's co-star and boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, has defended her comments comparing being stalked by the paparazzi to rape.

After her silly comments a lot of rape organizations and individuals expressed their upset at her use of language but Pattinson said she didn't mean it like that.

Stewart was quick to issue an apology herself.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly 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 Entertainment Weekly.

"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.

"All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it's easy. And it's quite good being part of these 'Twilight' films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself.

"That's the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs," Pattinson added.

When questioned about the 'rape' comment, Stewart said, "I'm so sensitive about stuff like that. That is the one subject that means a lot to me. I made one movie directly concerning it, and I made another one where my character has a horrible history of rape.

"I talked to a lot of people about it. I used the wrong word. I should have said "violated." But I'm young and emotional. It's just the way it goes sometimes."

"Twilight: Eclipse" will be released on June 30 in the US.