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OTRC: Ashton Kutcher and Lorene Scafaria are 'just friends,' says rep

Lorene Scafaria, Matt Mazzant and Ashton Kutcher appear in a photo posted on Kutcher's official Twitter account on December 26, 2011. (Twitter.com/Aplusk)

Ashton Kutcher and "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" screenwriter Lorene Scafaria sparked rumors that they were dating with their Italian getaway, but the actor's rep says they are strictly platonic.

"They are just friends," Kutcher's rep told People magazine. "They are working on a potential project together about an Italian soccer team."

This explanation certainly explains the pair's European visit.

"Roman holiday with homies. @mazzant @LoreneScafaria Have an amazing new year!!!" Kutcher wrote on Twitter on December 26, along with a photo of him with Scafaria and Matt Mazzant, who works at Kutcher's Katalyst Films.

Us Weekly reported that Kutcher and Scafaria visited tourist sites like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A witness told the weekly that the couple held hands while sharing spaghetti and Kutcher paid.

The couple reportedly met in February when Kutcher read for her film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell was eventually cast in the role, opposite Kiera Knightley.

Reps for both Kutcher and Scafaria told Us Weekly that the pair are "just friends" on December 28.

Scafaria recently broke up with "The O.C." actor Adam Brody and Demi Moore, 49, announced that she had decided to end her six-year marriage to Kutcher, 33 on November 17.

After Moore announced her plans to end her marriage to Kutcher, her third husband, the actor said in his own statement that he will "forever cherish the time" he spent with her, adding: "Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail."

Kutcher married Moore in September 2005 after dating her for about two years. The actress was previously married to Bruce Willis, father of her three children, and to singer Freddie Moore.

Rumors that Kutcher allegedly cheated on Moore surfaced online and in tabloid magazine reports in late September. In mid-October, a 22-year-old woman named Sara Leal told Us Weekly in a video interview that she and Kutcher had a one night stand. She said he had told her at the time that he was "separated" and added that her life "has been a mess" ever since the incident.

Kutcher and Moore have not commented about the alleged incident.

However, Kutcher did appear in a video that showed him blasting the media and the way "people can bastardize the truth." He appeared in the clip without his wedding ring.

Kutcher was also the target of a different cheating scandal in 2010. He called a tabloid report about it "fiction."

In early December, Moore was linked romantically to Scott-Vincent Borba, a skincare mogul and former model. He later denied they were dating.

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