LATEST: Al Pacino has laughed off reports he is romancing FAT ACTRESS KIRSTIE ALLEY, insisting they're just good friends.

The pair were spotted enjoying a meal at a top restaurant, and eyewitnesses claimed the 54-year-old beauty was stroking the HEAT actor's thigh.

Pacino's representative Pat Kingsley explains, "There was a group of about eight people talking at a restaurant and it was not a dating situation."