Director Brett Ratner aplogizes for gay slur

Director Brett Ratner attends the world premiere of "Tower Heist" on Oct. 24, 2011, in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Director Brett Ratner attends the world premiere of "Tower Heist" on Oct. 24, 2011, in New York City.
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(CBS/AP) Filmmaker Brett Ratner apologized Monday for using a gay slur during a question-and-answer session at a screening for his new movie "Tower Heist."

The 42-year-old, who is set to produce next year's Academy Awards, issued a statement saying he was sorry "for any offense my remarks caused."

Ratner used a derogatory term to describe gay men in response to a question asked at a "Tower Heist" screening.

"It was a dumb way of expressing myself," Ratner said in his statement. "Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Monday that Ratner's remarks were "inappropriate" but the academy isn't planning to remove him from his Oscar-producing position.

"The bottom line is, this won't and can't happen again. It will not happen again," Sherak said. "The apology he gave I truly believe comes from his heart. ... This is about integrity and honoring the Academy Awards, but we all make mistakes and I believe he didn't mean it."

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Monday it wants to see more from both Ratner and the academy.

Herndon Graddick, GLAAD's senior director of programs, called the academy's response "insufficient."

"The Academy and Hollywood need to send a clear message that such slurs, used even once, have no place in mainstream popular culture or at the helm of the industry that helps create it," Graddick said.

"Tower Heist" opened Friday. It stars Eddie Murphy, who is set to host the 84th Academy Awards in February.

  • CBS News Staff

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