Natalie Portman has criticised the musician Moby for claiming that they dated in the past, saying she remembered him as "a much older man" whom she alleged was "being creepy with me". He has responded by saying his memoir is "accurate".
The Hollywood star has given an interview to Harper's Bazaar in which she addressed Moby's description of their alleged relationship in his recent memoir Then It Fell Apart.
The 53-year-old musician said he met Portman when he was 33 and she was 20 and that they briefly dated. In the book he recounts going to visit Portman at Harvard University and "kissing under the centuries-old oak trees".
Portman has now addressed the claims, saying: "I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school.
"He said I was 20; I definitely wasn't. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher - it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn't the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check."
The book says they first met in September 1999, which would have made Portman - who was born in June 1981 - 18-years-old.
Portman said of her recollection of their time together: "I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated.
"When we met after the show, he said, 'Let's be friends'. He was on tour and I was working, shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate."
Responding on Instagram, Moby wrote: "I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we'd never dated. This confused me, as we did, in fact, date. And after briefly dating in 1999 we remained friends for years.... The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc."
He added: "Ps I completely respect Natalie's possible regret in dating me(to be fair, I would probably regret dating me, too), but it doesn't alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history."