Moby apologises to actress Natalie Portman after claiming they 'dated' when she was 20

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May 26, 2019 12:20:35 IST

Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name Moby, apologised to actress Natalie Portman for what he wrote about her in his memoir Then It Fell Apart, reports The Guardian. Moby had stated (in his account) that he had a relationship with the Oscar-winning actress after meeting her at his concert when he was 33 and she, 20. He mentioned how Portman had flirted with him in his dressing room. Later, he tried to date Portman in the early 2000s.

Moby wrote in his book that he had tried to become her boyfriend and later, through a phone call, the actress apparently told him that she had met someone else. "I was relieved that I'd never have to tell her how damaged I was," Moby added.

Moby apologises to actress Natalie Portman after claiming they dated when she was 20

Moby (left) and Natalie Portman

The actress on the other hand denied these claims in her Harper's Bazaar interview on Thursday, stating that she was 18 years when the two met. "I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school," she said.

This denial was followed by Moby's personal update, which is now deleted, on Instagram where the musician claimed that the actress' statements were hurtful. "It hurts to be lied about, especially as I've always respected her, and I thought we were friends," he had said.

Following widespread backlash after that, Moby again issued an apology to the actress saying that he should have acted "more responsibly and respectfully", given that he is quite senior to Portman (age-wise).

Check out Moby's apology:

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As some time has passed I've realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction. I have a lot of admiration for Natalie, for her intelligence, creativity, and animal rights activism, and I hate that I might have caused her and her family distress. I tried to treat everyone I included in Then It Fell Apart with dignity and respect, but nonetheless it was truly inconsiderate for me to not let them know before the book was released. So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand. Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should've acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago. Moby

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Updated Date: May 26, 2019 12:28:51 IST