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Prison Break star comes out nixing Russian invite PDF Print Email

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has revealed he is gay - after turning down an invite to attend a Russian Film Festival.

The 41-year-old actor came out in an effort to combat homophobia in the country, saying he was "deeply troubled by the current attitude" of Putin and the Russian government.

Miller wrote to organizers of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival saying that "As a gay man I must decline."

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"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," Wentworth added in his note.

'The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly,' he said.

Wentworth played Michael Scofield in Prison Break and the letter was made public by the LGBT group GLAAD.

After publicly announcing he is a gay man, Miller opened up about the personal demons he faced before coming out, including a suicide attempt when he was just a teenager.

He said in a video from the event, obtained by TMZ:

"Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail, a thousand ways to betray yourself, to not live up to someone else's standards of what was accepted, of what was normal. ... The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house, and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don't remember what happened over the next couple of days, but I'm pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school, pretending everything was fine. And when someone asks me if that was a cry for help, I'd say, 'No.' You only cry for help if you believe there's help to cry for. And I didn’t need it, I wanted out."

Miller said that, after becoming famous for his role in the hit Fox series, he had multiple opportunities to come out, but he chose not to "because when I thought about the possibility about coming out, and about how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear."

Miller said he decided to come out as gay last month in his letter declining an invitation to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. He rejected the offer due to the country's anti-gay laws, reasoning that he cannot participate in a celebratory event in a place where "people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

 
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