"He's obviously someone I'm friends with. We were all on the (Cannes 2008) jury together... and we had a really great time, and then... It was one of those things where you're like, 'Oh, my God! I'm that person who's caught in this s**ty rumour brigade.' You can't win. You don't say anything and everyone's like, 'It's true.' You say something, and you're keeping the story alive. It's bad, bad news." Natalie Portman felt trapped after false tabloid reports linked her to Sean Penn.