Robert Pattinson Says He Sold Stolen Porn Mags at School (Audio)

What started as a sticky-fingered money-making scheme led to expulsion for the future big-screen heartthrob

Before he gained fame as brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” film series, Robert Pattinson was involved in a slightly seedier endeavor — porn piracy.

Pattinson appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show Tuesday and discussed an array of topics, including his past as a purveyor of pilfered pornography.

“I’ve never actually said this before,” Pattinson told Stern. “I was, like, stealing porno magazines and selling them at school.”

Pattinson’s sticky-fingered entrepreneurship earned him a pretty, if tainted, penny, the actor said, noting we would sell the magazines for “like 20 pounds … like 30 bucks.”

Alas, as with many porn careers, the cockiness that sparked Pattinson’s enterprise also proved to be his downfall, as the heartthrob-to-be graduated from swiping a magazine or two at a time to a more wholesale pilfering.

“I got so cocky that I would take the entire rack,” Pattinson told Stern, recalling how a store employee caught him with a porn-stuffed backpack and gave him two choices — calling the cops or calling his parents.

Pattinson opted for the latter, but the employee also informed the future star’s school, leading to his expulsion.

Listen to Pattinson describe a dark chapter of his past below.