In a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival that has since been publicly posted on GLAAD's website, Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out of the closet and declined to attend due to Russia's now notorious anti-gay laws.
"Thank you for your kind invitation," Miller 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, who also wrote the screenplay for Stoker, released earlier this year, then added, "I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward the treatment of gay men and women in the Russian government. 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."
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