Actress Hayden Panettiere has downplayed reports she lashed out at a journalist in Hawaii last week (beg02Mar09), insisting the story has been blown out of proportion.
The Heroes star was said to have erupted angrily after a reporter tapped her shoulder at a fundraiser gala on Sunday (08Mar09), barking at onlooking press, "You all make my life miserable."
But Panettiere, 19, is adamant she maintains a good relationship with journalists.
She tells U.S. magazine OK! "I have tremendous respect for the media and reporters - particularly the press who treat the people they are interviewing with dignity. I am appreciative that the press has supported me, my career, and especially the causes I feel passionately about."
And she insists stories about the alleged outburst have been greatly exaggerated: "While in Hawaii, one reporter grabbed me suddenly from behind and frightened me. It happens. Typically, the press has treated me with great respect."