Robert Pattinson

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Did Team Edward have a run-in with an age-old enemy?

Robert Pattinson is trying to shoot down reports that he slammed into a dude's car in Malibu and then sped off without as much as exchanging insurance information.

Instead, the sparkly Twilight star is blaming his bad press on a pack of werewolves shutterbugs.

"Robert was pulling out of a parking space after a quiet day in Malibu and was relentlessly pursued by paparazzi," his rep tells E! News. "He has no knowledge of having bumped or damaged another car in the process. The story has been manufactured for headlines."

Chief among the so-called headline manufacturers is OK! magazine, which tracked down the owner of the allegedly dinged-up parked car, identified as one Rob Gottschlich, who apparently wasn't too upset.

"If I had a nice car like a Lexus or something, maybe [I would be concerned], but I've got an old Kia," he tells the magazine. "I am going to ask Rob next time I see him for free tickets to the next Twilight film."

Yeah, good luck with that.

In any case, Malibu's Finest haven't received any complaints and it doesn't sound like there will be any citations.

When he's not evading shutterbugs, Pattinson is currently shooting the movie Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and Hal Holbrook.

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