Jason Statham is jumping out ahead of controversy by apologizing for allegedly using a homophobic slur.
According to The Blast, a consultant on the actor’s 2015 film “Wild Card” approached Statham last year claiming to have an audio recording of he and producer Steve Casman arguing on set and repeatedly using the term “f***ing f**s.”
In a statement, Statham said he did not remember using the slur, but apologized if it is true.
“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,” Statham said.
“I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused,” he continued. “I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive. If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize.
“Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future,” Statham concluded.
The actor’s legal team also told The Blast that his conversation with Casman was private and that if a recording exists it may be illegal under Louisiana law as the film was shot in New Orleans.