Wentworth Miller, the Prison Break
star who previously denied that he's gay back in 2007
, decided to finally come out of the closet as he declined an invitation to attend Russia's St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
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"Thank you for your kind invitation. 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 said in a letter addressed to Maria Averbakh, director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival which was posted on GLAAD's website.
"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," the Prison Break actor added. "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."
In a statement, GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz praised Miller's decision
to come out amid worldwide protest regarding laws that the Russian government has passed in recent months that ban promotion of gay, lesbian or bisexual lifestyles and makes foreign tourists who are members of the LGBT community subject to arrest.
"Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: you are not alone. As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law," Cruz said.
Though Miller is best known for playing Michael Scofield on the FOX TV series Prison Break, he is also credited for his work in films such as Resident Evil: Afterlife and The Loft. As a screenwriter, he produced the 2013 horror film Stoker.
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