Wentworth Miller is coming out as a gay man.
In an open letter posted on “GLAAD”’s website, the “Prison Break” star rejected an offer to attend a film festival in St. Petersburg, saying “as a gay man, I must decline.”
Miller, who says in the letter that he comes from Russian ancestry, says their government’s stance on homosexuality makes it impossible for him to attend.
“I am deeply trouble by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” he wrote. “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.”
This comes after Russian president Vladimir Putin instituted a law banning “the public, including tourists, from presenting pro-LGBT ‘propaganda,’” which includes pro-gay statements and clothing.
The 41-year-old actor has mostly stayed under the radar since “Prison Break” ended in 2009, most recently appearing in a 2011 episode of “House.”