Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in an open letter directed against the anti-gay laws currently in force in Russia.
The letter was written in response to an invitation sent to him to attend the St Petersburg Film Festival – an invitation he declined.
The open letter, which was posted on the website of gay rights organization GLAAD, reads:
‘Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
However, as a gay man, I must decline.
I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. 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.
Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.’
Way back in 2007, the same Wentworth denied being gay, telling In Style Magazine, ‘I’m not gay, but that rumor can’t be killed. I’d like to have a girlfriend and a family. But I haven’t met the right one yet. Until then I’m focusing on my job. I had to wait so long for this chance I savor every second on set even if it means 14 hours of shooting a day.’
Which begs the question: Is he really gay? Or did he post that letter himself?