Jason Statham is trying to get control of this scandal.
On Wednesday, the Spy actor took to Facebook to release a statement regarding an alleged accusation of homophobia against him. Per The Blast, Statham and producing partner Steve Casman got into a heated argument on the set of the ’15 flick Wild Card, a confrontation that resulted in the former repeatedly using the term “fucking f*gs.”
It’s said that a man who worked as a consultant on the film, named R.J. Cipriani, notified Jason that he had an audio recording of this fight. Thus, the social media statement regarding the issue.
“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.”
Sources close to the action movie star have supported his sentiments, claiming he truly does not remember saying “fucking f*gs.” However, if he DID utter the homophobic slur, it wasn’t meant as a public stance on the LGBTQ community. We like how everyone is rushing to apologize for something he supposedly didn’t even say…
Anyhoo, Statham’s legal team has since rallied around the industry vet, defending that the maybe private conversation should NEVER have been taped without Jason or Steve’s consent. As Wild Card was filmed in New Orleans, the recording of a private conversation could be illegal thanks to the Electronic Surveillance Act. The state’s law bars any recording or interception of oral or telephonic communication without the prior consent of at least one member of the conversation.
Fair, but also, we thought this situation didn’t happen in the first place?? Doth protest too much?
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