Robert Pattinson … well, he gave us quite the shock yesterday when we heard him tell a disturbing story about a scene featuring a dog in his new movie, Good Time.

Mostly because the disturbing story in question was about him jerking off a real live dog.

Robert Pattinson with a Smirk

He told the sordid tale Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and it sure was something.

He began the story with “Oh, God, I don’t know if I can say this. There’s a lot of things in this movie which really cross the line of legality.”

“It’s not even on the line, it’s way beyond the line.”

Which, you know, isn’t a great start.

Jimmy had to push him a little bit, but eventually he explained that his character in the movie “has this affinity with dogs.”

“He thinks he is a dog in a previous life and he thinks he has control over animals and stuff.

And then he explained that “There’s this one scene we shot. There’s a drug dealer who busts into the room, and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job.”

But wait, it gets worse!

Rob said that he asked the dog’s trainer about acting out the scene, because his director told him “Just do it for real, man! Don’t be a pussy!”

The trainer told him that he technically do it, because the dog is a breeder and hadn’t been fixed.

He advised Robert that he just had to “massage the inside of his thighs.”

In the end though, he refused to do it, and so they made “a fake red rocket” for the scene instead.

Robert Pattinson at a Party

It’s just a really, sincerely strange story, isn’t it? And it didn’t sit well with a lot of people who heard it.

It sounds a bit like animal abuse, and it also sounds completely inappropriate. Like, there’s no reason whatsoever why a movie needs a scene like that.

But, according to a new statement from Rob himself, it seems like the whole thing was one big misunderstanding.

“The story I told on Jimmy Kimmel last night seems to have spiraled out of control,” he said. “What didn’t come across is that this was supposed to be a joke.”

“No one at all expected or assumed that anything like that would happen on the Good Time set.”

“We are all huge animal lovers and would obviously never do anything to harm animal,” he continued.

Robert Pattinson Smirking

“Everyone involved in Good Time are amazing professionals and have come together to make a movie that I’m extremely proud of.”

He concluded his statement with “I feel embarrassed that in the moment, I was trying to make Jimmy laugh, only to create confusion and a false impression.”

It’s interesting though, because really his statement is only creating more confusion.

Did none of this actually happen? Did he completely make up the story about the dog for a laugh?

Or is he just trying to do some damage control after it turned out that so many people felt so strongly about jerking off a dog for a movie?

Either way … what a weird time to be alive.