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August 25, 2013

Wentworth Miller comes out, rejects Russian invitation

LOS ANGELES — Wentworth Miller is declining an invitation to be an honored guest at a film festival in Russia because he is gay.

The 41-year-old actor said in a letter Wednesday to organizers of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival that he is “deeply troubled” by the attitudes toward and treatment of gay people by the Russian government, which passed a law in June against representations of “nontraditional sexual relations.”

The star of TV’s “Prison Break” series said he’s declining the invitation because he’s gay and refuses to join a celebration in a country where he said gay people are “systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

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