It’s been a week since news broke that one of the worlds most famous movie stars, Robert Pattinson, has been involved in a sexting scandal with a male escort. The actor is now in the midst of a PR disaster, with his deeply-faked porn videos just continuing to surface online.

The news that the Twilight star was cheating on his wife, Twilights Bella, broke last Friday. However, it wasn’t until that Monday that videos of Pattinson having sex with the escapade came to light. The Sunday night before the cheating scandal (which allegedly happened in March), Pattinson secretly recorded himself having sex with a woman named Laetitia. The next day, he tweeted out the video from his personal account, along with the message, “If you ever wondered what its like to fuck a real woman, this is me fucking my new GF Laetitia!”

The tweet has since been deleted, but not before it was screengrabbed and widely circulated online. In the clip, which was first tweeted by TMZ and since been re-uploaded to the web numerous times, Pattinson is seen having sex with Laetitia in several different positions. Afterward, he makes jokingly crude comments about Bella, telling her that she’s going to “love” being married to him. In another clip, he can be seen giving the head to Laetitia as she sucks his cock.

The videos have since gone viral, with many people, particularly female-identified individuals, discovering the clips and sharing them with their friends. Inevitably, there have been comparisons to be made between Pattinson and Charlie Sheen, whose own deep-fake porn videos have also recently surfaced, causing a similar firestorm of controversy.

Why Are These Videos So Deep-Faked?

There are several reasons why these videos are so deeply-faked. For one thing, they were made with a smartphone, which has a relatively poor video recording quality. As a result, it’s easier for people to believe that these are actual sex tapes, rather than well-executed fakes. Secondly, Charlie Sheen and Robert Pattinson are both famous creatures of the tabloids, and it wouldn’t suprise me if they conspired to have more sensational footage to try and keep the press at bay. In addition, both men have a history of sexual misconduct (Sheen’s are well known, while Pattinson’s are less so), and it wouldn’t be surprising if they were filming themselves to make it look like they are doing something that they aren’t actually doing.

Is This Legal?

It’s important to point out that recording someone without their knowledge or consent to have sex with you is illegal in many places. Regardless of whether or not you believe that the videos are real, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re in a country where it is legal to record someone without their knowledge, you should definitely not do it.

What Will Happen To Pattinson?

So far, it seems that Robert Pattinson’s career is finished. After ruining his reputation, he will no longer be considered “viable” by Hollywood studios. At the very least, he’ll never be able to live his regular life as a private citizen ever again. At best, this could lead to criminal charges.

The fact that he filmed these videos means that he could be charged with a crime. However, as I’ve already pointed out, it’s not legal to film/record someone without their consent in some countries. Even in America, where it’s legal to record someone without their consent, it’s still a violation of the person’s privacy to post their recorded sexual encounters online, as Robert Pattinson obviously did.

The Viral Nature Of Deep-Fakery

Inevitably, there will be more deeply-faked videos to come. As this is such a sensational story, it’s only a matter of time until someone else tries to cash in on the controversy. While some people might believe that these videos will remain hidden, the truth is that the internet never forgets, and the fact that these videos are so widely shared will undoubtedly lead to more people trying to make their own clips. There are several different ways in which copycats could try and cash in on the scandal, including creating their own versions of the videos or using CGI technology to make entirely synthetic videos that look like they were filmed using a smartphone.

However, I doubt that these video will remain as popular as they are right now. For one thing, while everyone was outraged by the leaked videos, few people actually saw them. Therefore, it’s not as if a lot of people are searching for them online, meaning that they can’t be that famous. In addition, I imagine that most people feel that they have enough personal content locked away in their own smartphones, and the idea of adding yet another layer of security, by overwriting existing recordings with synthetic data, seems too much effort to most people. Finally, it takes a lot of time to make really high quality footage, which is probably why the few people who have tried their hand at this, have mostly produced very rudimentary faux-porn videos featuring very average-looking people having sex. The truth is that it’s not that difficult to make a good-looking porno using existing videos and a little bit of software, meaning that if someone really wanted to make a video that looked just like one of the deeply-faked videos from Twitter, they could do so relatively easily.

Ultimately, I think that most people are just sick of hearing about this story, and the scandal has started to lose its luster. Still, the fact that this is a topic that comes up every few months, means that it never really goes out of style. This story will be remembered as long as there are smartphones.