Isaiah Washington is blaming co-star Patrick Dempsey‘s lateness to the Grey’s Anatomy set for the “brawl” that riled Washington up enough to use a homophobic slur.
Washington spoke up about his experience on Larry King Live and explains that he “regretted not confronting Dempsey the first time he was late, so he challenged him the second time.”
On Dempsey first erupting: “He became unhinged, sprayed spittle in my face. I’m asking him why is he screaming at me. … He just becomes irate.”
On Knight claiming the slur was directed at him: “It’s a lie. He misrepresented himself.” (He says he used the term “faggot” as a synonym for “wimp”.)
On Knight lying to advance his career and to get more money: “He has been very disappointed in playing the character he has been playing. He told me that.”
On repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globe Awards: “I wish I could take that back.”
On defending his actions: “I am not homophobic – in no way, shape or form.”
Washington fought back years when King asked if any cast members had written to him. Only Sandra Oh had sent him an email…