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During a Q&A session at the US launch of his latest release Tower Heist when the incident took place.

In response to a question posed about his procedures on film sets, he responded saying: “Rehearsal is for fags.”

The 42-year-old director has apologised, he stated: “It was a dumb way of expressing myself”

“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.”

Brett Ratner is to produce next year’s Academy Awards, he will not lose his role after the outburst at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believe he did not mean it.

Hernon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs for The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said: “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.”

His latest film Tower Heist was released on Friday.

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