The Fast & the Furious star, 50, has been accused of a rant laden with homophobic language in the midst of an argument with Steve Casman while shooting at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.
To repeat, as of yet we have no proof this conversation actually happened, but British tabloid The Sun claims to have acquired a transcript of the conversation:
"Stop acting like a f…… f..," Statham reportedly said. "I hate that f……. f…. s…. Talking, whispering… you guys [are] acting like a bunch of f…… f……. If you want to tell me something, don't wait 'til I do 15 f……. takes before you say something. Stop being a f…… f.. and be more assertive.”
Statham apologized May 16 in a statement issued on Facebook:
"I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. 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.”
It’s worth noting that releasing the alleged audio could come with consequences. Under Louisiana’s Electronic Surveillance Act, recording a conversation without someone’s permission is strictly against the law. According to The New York Post, Statham’s legal team has implied legal action would be taken if such a tape were released.