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Gary Oldman makes apology to ADL

Gary Oldman has apologised for saying Hollywood is a "town run by Jews" in a recent interview.

The 56-year-old British actor has said he is "deeply remorseful" for the comments he made in the interview with Playboy magazine, in which he also claimed Mel Gibson was being unfairly ostracised over his anti-Semitic remarks, and complained political correctness "is c**p".

Gary gave a statement to Deadline, addressing the "gentlemen" of the Anti-Defamation League in response to their claim his comments promoted anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes star said: "I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy interview were offensive to many Jewish people.

"Upon reading my comments in print - I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.

"If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler's superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How The Jews Invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.

"I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God's voice, and surely are the chosen people.

"I would like to sign off with 'Shalom Aleichem' - but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace."

In the interview Gary had slammed the hypocrisy and insanity of Hollywood before defending Mel Gibson, despite the actor's previous use of anti-Semitic and racist language.

He said: "Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough.

"He's like an outcast, a leper, you know?"

His comments drew widespread cricicism, with antisemitism group the Anti-Defamation League's national director Abraham H Foxman saying: "He should know better than to repeat and give credence to tired anti-Semitic tropes.

"Mel Gibson's ostracisation in Hollywood was not a matter of being 'politically incorrect,' as Mr Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater.

"It is disturbing that Mr Oldman appears to have bought into Mr Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view."

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