Wentworth Miller has come out as gay, E! News reports.
The "Prison Break" star and 1990 graduate of Quaker Valley High School decided it was time to publicly reveal his sexuality after being invited to attend a film festival in Russia.
"Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes," Miller, 41, says in a letter to Maria Averbakh, director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. "However, as a gay man, I must decline.
"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," he continued in the letter, posted on GLAAD's website. "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
He also said, "If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz praised Miller's actions.
"Wentworth's bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians: You are not alone," Cruz said. "As people from across the globe continue to speak out against this horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."
Implemented last month, a controversial new law has banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors," including the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it. The law has been condemned by Russian and international human rights groups as highly discriminatory.
The anti-gay propaganda law quickly stirred up controversy, with people calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to gay bars in Los Angeles and New York holding "vodka-dumping" protests.
When "Beloved" starring Oprah Winfrey fell flat at the box office in 1998, Winfrey drowned her sorrows in macaroni and cheese.
She found a different way to celebrate when "Lee Daniels' The Butler," her first big-screen performance since "Beloved," hit No. 1 in its debut last weekend, the Associated Press reports.
"I actually got a purple Hula Hoop that I bring out for occasions like this," Winfrey said this week. "So I brought out that Hula Hoop in the front yard."
The scant turnout for "Beloved," based on Toni Morrison's novel, caught Winfrey by surprise after the reception of 1985's "The Color Purple," the Steven Spielberg film in which she made her big-screen debut and which earned her an Oscar nomination.
"I didn't know that by Saturday morning you could already know that you're a loser," she said, referring to how quickly a new film's performance is judged. "So Saturday morning I get the call that ['Beloved'] was beat out by 'Bride of Chucky.' "
She asked her chef to start cooking comfort food and ended up "in a macaroni-and-cheese coma."
Given that unhappy memory, she said, she decided on "no expectations" for director Daniels' "The Butler," in which Forest Whitaker portrays a longtime White House butler and Winfrey plays his wife.
"Do the work, offer it, and however it's received" was her approach, said the former daytime talk-show queen who now oversees her cable channel, OWN.
"I actually think this weekend is going to do better than we imagine," Winfrey said. "It's touching the hearts of people who didn't expect it."
Police say an intruder had been living for a week on Jennifer Lopez's property in the Hamptons while she was away, The AP reports.
Southampton police said Wednesday the entertainer had an order of protection against 49-year-old John Dubis of Rhode Island. Information on why the order was obtained wasn't immediately available.
According to Newsday, workers found Dubis on the Water Mill property on Aug. 8 and called police.
He was arraigned the following day on charges of burglary, criminal contempt, stalking and possession of burglar tools. He's due in court Wednesday.
Dubis is being held on $100,000 bail.
Newsday says the publicist for the singer-actress couldn't be reached for comment, and it was unclear whether Dubis had a lawyer.
Lopez bought the 3-acre Water Mill mansion in May.
Drake is the latest A-list musician set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, the AP reports.
The rapper joins a hefty list of performers, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Kanye West.
MTV also announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Hart will attend the awards show, to air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead in nominations with six each. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke -- who will also perform -- are tied with Bruno Mars with four nominations each.
Jared Leto, Emeli Sande and A$AP Rocky will also appear.