Jason Statham is getting in front of a possible bad situation after a man claimed he possessed an audio recording of the actor hurling homophobic insults on the set of one of his big movies.
According to a source close to the situation, Statham and his longtime producing partner Steve Casman got into a very heated argument while filming the 2015 gambling flick, "Wild Card." During the argument, Statham allegedly repeatedly said the term, "f*cking f*gs."
We're told that a man who was a consultant on the film, R.J. Cipriani, claimed to have a recording of the alleged homophobic rant, and in 2017 he confronted Statham and made him aware that he possessed the recording.
Statham claims he does not remember saying the slur, but has instead decided to issue a statement:
"Someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the LGBTQ community during a conversation I had with my producing partner, on a movie set five years ago. I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive. If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn't reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future."
Sources close to the situation tell us Statham truly does not remember saying "f*cking f*gs," and stressed that if he did say something it was only to his producing partner in a private conversation.
Statham's legal team is also adamant that anything said by the actor was a private conversation that never should have been eavesdropped or taped.
We're also told by Statham's team that a recording of any private conversation on the set of "Wild Card" could be a crime, considering the movie was filmed in New Orleans and would be subject to the state's Electronic Surveillance Act which bars the recording, interception, use or disclosure of any oral or telephonic communication by means of any mechanical or electronic device without the consent of at least one party to the conversation.