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Action star Jason Statham issued an apology for allegedly using homophobic slurs on the set of his 2015 movie Wild Card. He also says he doesn’t remember saying these things.
According to The Blast, a source confirmed Statham got into an argument with produce Steve Casan on the set.
During the exchange, Statham reportedly used the words ‘f*gs’ and ‘f*ggots’ numerous times.
A consultant on the film, R.J. Cipriani, claimed to have a recording of the conversation and told Statham this information last year.
Statham insists he does not remember using the terms, nor that he’s heard the recording. However, he still released an apology about the situation.
Here is the actor’s statement in full:
Someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the LGBTQ community during a conversation I had with my producing partner, on a movie set five years ago.
I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments.
However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive. If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.
A privacy violation
Further sources apparently confirmed Statham ‘truly does not remember’ using the words.
The actor’s legal team also said there could be legal repercussions.
Wild Card filmed in Louisiana, which has an Electronic Surveillance Act.
This legislation ‘bars the recording, interception, use or disclosure of any oral or telephonic communication by means of any mechanical or electronic device without the consent of at least one party to the conversation’.