Russell Crowe has apologised for lashing out about male circumcision on Twitter.
In a series of tweets - which later vanished from his account - the Oscar-winner apparently declared that the practice was barbaric and said a newborn baby was perfect on delivery.
His 140-character tirades were triggered by a tweeted inquiry from the expectant parent of a son who asked, "Do you think I should get him circumstanced?"
Russell later said: "I realise that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others... I am very sorry."
In another post, he declared: "I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities."
Echoing those sentiments in a statement released by his media representative on Friday, he said, "I am deeply sorry for any distress I have caused by my insensitive remarks."