Harry Styles did NOT spit on Chris Pine according to the 'Star Trek' actor

Watch: Chris Pine insists Harry Styles didn't spit on him at Don't Worry Darling premiere

Chris Pine has defended Harry Styles against claims he spat on his co-star at the Venice Film Festival.

A video of the former One Direction singer attending the premiere of his new film Don't Worry Darling sparked speculation online after the 28-year-old star appeared to spit on the lap of the 42-year-old Star Trek actor.

But a representative for Pine told People: "This is a ridiculous story - a complete fabrication and the result of an odd online illusion that is clearly deceiving and allows for foolish speculation.

Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan and Florence Pugh sit together at the Venice Film Festival.
Chris Pine has denied Harry Styles spat on his lap at the Don't Worry Darling premiere. (Getty Images)

"Just to be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine," the rep continues. "There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist."

Styles stars in the film, directed by his girlfriend Olivia Wilde, and co-starring Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan and Pine.

A video of the gala screening in Venice shows the Watermelon Sugar singer walking into the cinema to the sound of applause and taking a seat next to Pine.

Just as he bends to fold down his seat he appears to spit something onto Pine's lap.

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The Star Trek star stops clapping, and looks down at his lap before shaking his head slightly in bemusement and breaking into an amused grin.

Watch: The video of Harry Styles and Chris Pine which went viral

Styles avoids making eye contact with Pine and adjusts the buttons on his jacket, before waving a polite greeting to someone sitting further down the row.

The clip has gone viral, sparking fans to speculate if Styles did in fact spit on Pine; and if it was an aggressive move or one made in jest.

While some have speculated there may have been a bet between the two actors, others insist if Styles did spit, it was accidental.

Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and director Olivia Wilde attend the photocall for
Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and director Olivia Wilde attended the press conference for the film earlier in the day. (Getty Images)

Earlier in the day a clip of Pine had gone viral on social media at the press conference for the new movie – in which he appeared to roll his eyes and 'zone out' while Styles was talking.

The film has been plagued by controversy.

Leading lady Pugh attended the premiere, but was absent from the press conference after arriving late to the festival.

It has been reported that Pugh and Wilde clashed during the filming of Don't Worry Darling and that the Little Women star had refused to promote the movie.

Nick Kroll, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Olivia Wilde attend the
Florence Pugh didn't turn up until the screening in the evening. (Getty Images)

Styles' role was initially played by Shia LaBeouf but he departed in September 2020 with Wilde later claiming she fired the Fury actor due to his behaviour on set.

LaBeouf, who has been accused of sexual assault by his former girlfriend FKA Twigs, recently refuted this and said he left the film against Wilde's wishes.

Olivia Wilde, Sydney Chandler and Harry Styles attend the
Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles have begin dating since they met on the movie. (Getty Images)

Wilde, 38, and Styles fell for each other during filming, and are now in a relationship.

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Wilde split from husband Jason Sudeikis in November 2020. She was publicly served custody papers relating to their two children from Sudeikis while giving a presentation of Don't Worry Darling at CinemaCon 2022.

Watch: Olivia Wilde addresses Florence Pugh feud rumours