Actress LEIGHTON MEESTER has broken her silence over a sex tape, in which she purportedly appears in, insisting the racy footage is "not real".
Reports surfaced online in June, alleging the saucy video featured a younger Meester performing a striptease for a boyfriend and then engaging in a number of sensual and erotic acts.
Website bidding for the tape is said to have exceeded $1 million, but now Meester has shot down claims she is the woman caught on camera.
She admits the salacious gossip has upset her, and insists she has no interest in the tabloid fame that comes with being in a hit TV show, like Gossip Girl.
In an interview with September's issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, she says, "I don't want most of what comes along with all of this.
"(The tape) is not real, so it makes me sort of sad. It's unfortunate that it got carried as far as it did."
But Meester is taking some positives from the tabloid scandal: "I definitely understand the nature of people better now and that the mere allegation of something like that could be headline news. People think it's real because somebody says it is."
And she is adamant there are no skeletons in her closet for the press to dig up, adding, "I've never been crazy. I'm a very good girl, to be honest. I don't do anything to hurt anybody. Honestly, all I ever do is work."