The actor outed himself in a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, the actor had rejected an invitation by the St. Petersburg International Film Festival organisers due to Russia's stance on Gay rights.
Excerpts from his letter to the Director are as follows.
"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.
"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by 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.
"If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
The actor had in the times past Denied being gay