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Jason Statham has issued an apology after being accused of using a homophobic slur

‘I cannot fix what was said in the past.’

IT HAS BEEN alleged that Jason Statham used a homophobic slur on the set of his 2015 film, Wild Card, during a conversation with Steve Casman.

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According to 50-year-old Statham, the allegation surfaced in 2017 when he was approached with a report that the private conversation had been recorded on tape.

While apparently sceptical of the accusation levelled against him, the actor, who shares a child with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, has this week issued a statement on the matter, emphasing that requests to hear the offending recording have been denied.

Someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the LGBTQ community during a conversation I had with my producing partner, on a movie set five years ago. I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused.

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The actor, who is said to have repeatedly used the term ‘f***ing f**s’ in the recording, stressed that if this was indeed the case, the offending words do not reflect his feelings towards the gay community.

However, let me be clear, if I said these words, I was wrong and I deeply apologise. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community.

The British-born star turned his attention to the future, suggesting the incident is something from which he can learn from.

While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.

Reports state that the slurs were recorded by RJ Cipriani, an associate producer on Wild Card.

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