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Russell Simmons hits the Tweet button a little too fast over Taylor Lautner People “cover”

Lautner Hoax Cover

“Proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage.

A tweet (since removed) by music mogul Russell Simmons, after the internet release of an alleged People magazine cover depicting a portrait of Lautner with the headline “Out and Proud.” The subhead read “Tired of the rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out.” The cover turned out to be a hoax, and Simmons quickly backtracked with a new tweet: “Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be…” (The Improper)

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