Wentworth Miller won't visit Russia because he's gay
British-born star of TV's Prison Break comes out in letter declining invitation to Russian film festival
WENTWORTH MILLER, the actor best-known for his lead role in the TV drama Prison Break, has publicly announced his homosexuality in a letter protesting against Russia's anti-gay laws.
British-born Miller, 41, wrote the letter to Maria Averbakh, the director of the St Petersburg International Film Festival, which had invited him to be its guest of honour. Miller thanked Averbakh for the festival's offer, but said he could not accept it, the Daily Telegraph reports.
"Thank you for your kind invitation," he wrote. "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."
Miller added that he was "deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government". He said he did not want to attend a festival in a country where "people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
Russia has attracted international condemnation for a law passed in June that forbids anyone from passing information about homosexuality to anyone under 18. Opponents say the law would make it impossible to hold a gay rally, for example.
Miller, who starred as Michael Scofield in four series of Prison Break as well as the 2010 movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife, has previously denied he was homosexual. In an interview with the German edition of In Style magazine in 2007, he said he "hadn't met the right girl yet".
The actor's refusal to visit Russia comes after American TV presenter Andy Cohen announced he would not be co-hosting Miss Universe in Moscow this year because "he didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia." ·