Wentworth Miller reveals he's gay, refuses invite to Russian film fest
Former "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller revealed that he is gay in a letter declining an invite to the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The letter, which was sent to the film festival's director, Maria Averbakh, was published on GLAAD's website on Wednesday, Aug. 21. While the 41-year-old actor and screenwriter thanked Averbakh for the invitation, he declined saying he was "deeply troubled" by the Russian government's "attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women."
"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," Miller stated in the letter. "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," he added. "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," he wrote.
In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-LGBT legislation into law. The law "penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at persuading minors that 'nontraditional' relationships are normal or attractive," according to The Associated Press.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, Tweeted about Miller's letter on Wednesday and wrote, "Well done, Wentworth Miller. Bravo."
In addition to his starring role on "Prison Break," which lasted four seasons, Miller has made guest appearances on shows like "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "House" and Ghost Whisperer." He has also in appeared films like "Resident Evil: Afterlife," "Underworld" and "The Human Stain."
Miller wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film "Stoker," which starred Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Good.