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  • Actor Wentworth Miller is declining an invitation to be an honored guest at a film festival in Russia because he is gay.

      Actor Wentworth Miller is declining an invitation to be an honored guest at a film festival in Russia because he is gay.
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LOS ANGELES -- Wentworth Miller is declining an invitation to be an honored guest at a film festival in Russia because he is gay.

The 41-year-old actor said in a letter Wednesday to organizers of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival that he is "deeply troubled" by the attitudes toward and treatment of gay people by the Russian government, which passed a law in June against representations of "nontraditional sexual relations."

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The star of TV's "Prison Break" series says he's declining the invitation because he's gay and refuses to join a celebration in a country where he says gay people are "systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

Miller is the latest celebrity to speak out against anti-gay legislation in Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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