Washington stunned cast mates in the press room at the Golden Globe Awards on Monday night when he grabbed a microphone and insisted he never used the derogatory word on the set, later calling it "vile."
But an angry Knight, who was forced to reveal his homosexuality after word spread of Washington's outburst towards him--and his subsequent on-set punch-up with fellow TV surgeon Patrick Dempsey--is keen to set the record straight.
The actor said, "He referred to me as a faggot... Everyone heard it... I've never been called that to my face.
"I think, when that happened, something shifted and it became bigger... than myself... I could've just let it slide and not said anything but it became important."
He adds, "He denied that he said it... I don't know what to say, really, about that... but it's pretty bad."
Knight's pals are on his side--cast mate Katherine Heigl fought back angry tears during an interview on news show Access Hollywood after Washington's Golden Globes gaffe, and hissed, "He needs to just not speak in public. Period."
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