Jonah Hill Apologises For Homophobic Slur

Actor says he was followed and taunted all day


by Fiona Byrne |
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Jonah Hill has spoken about his homophobic slur last weekend, saying his words were ‘disgusting’ and that he’d played into an abusive paparazzo’s trap.

TMZ shot video of Hill yelling at the pap ‘Suck my d***, you f*****!’, but according to the actor, his outburst came after a day of being followed and taunted.

‘This person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally,’ Hill said on the Howard Stern radio show on Tuesday. ‘And I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool.’

‘From the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay-rights activist,’ he told Stern. ‘In that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people. I grew up with gay family members. I'm leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who's getting married, who I'm going to stand at his wedding.'

He added that his explanation is not an excuse, and is 100 per cent taking responsibility for using the word, saying: ‘I’m not at all defending my choice of words, but I’m happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words — even if you don’t intend them — and how they’re rooted in hate and that’s bullshit and I shouldn’t have said that.’

Picture: Getty

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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