(CBS News) The director of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has broken his silence on the cheating scandal currently surrounding Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Bill Condon told Entertainment Weekly that fans should show respect for the two stars, after Stewart confirmed reports that she had cheated on Pattinson with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders.
"The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it's not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that," Condon said in the magazine's fall movie preview issue.
"Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the 'Twilight' movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon," he added. "Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it's time that some of that respect be returned to them."
Stewart issued an apology last month after photos were published of her getting cozy with Sanders, who is married with two children. The actress said the "momentary indiscretion" jeopardized "the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob."
Pattinson has kept a low profile since the scandal erupted, but is set to appear on "The Daily Show" on Monday and "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to promote his new film "Cosmopolis."
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will arrive in theaters on Nov. 16.