Wentworth Miller might have broken out of jail (several times) as the star of FOX's 'Prison Break,' but now he's fighting a more abstract sort of imprisonment: homophobia. On Tuesday, the actor released a letter decrying the Russian government for its position toward homosexuality. The message of the letter was hit home by the fact that Miller also used the letter to come out.
The letter came after Miller was invited to the Russian Film Festival. "As a gay man, I must decline," Miller wrote in the letter, which was posted on GLAAD's website. "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."
"Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice," he added.
GLAAD expressed support of Miller's actions, with spokesman Wilson Cruz issuing the following statement: "Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone. As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia's horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."
In addition to starring in all four seasons of 'Prison Break,' Miller's television credits include guest stints on 'House,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' and 'Family Guy.' He also wrote the horror film 'Stoker,' which premiered earlier this year.