Twilight star Kristen Stewart has come under fire from officials at a leading US charity after she compared press intrusion to rape.
The actress opened up about her experiences in the spotlight and her dislike of the paparazzi in the latest edition of Britain's Elle magazine, Contactmusic reported.
"The photos are so... I feel like I'm looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can't handle it. I never expected that this would be my life," she said.
But her comments have sparked outrage, with many charity campaigners slamming the actress for her remarks.
"Rape is a violation in which one has no choice. A star seeking publicity has choices. Although rape involves loss of privacy, loss of privacy does not constitute rape. Let's use a little logical thinking here," Margaret Lazarus, executive director of RapeIs.org, said.
And Stewart, who played a rape victim in 2004 movie Speak, has also angered bosses of US' Rape and Incest National Network charity.
"Kristen Stewart's comments are regrettable.Portraying a rape survivor in the film Speak should have led her to use a more appropriate metaphor to describe the intrusive nature of the paparazzi. Rape is more than an intrusion, it's a violent crime, that causes serious long term mental health effects for victims," spokesperson Katherine Hull said.