US actor Jonah Hill has apologised for using a homophobic slur with a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video.
TMZ obtained a video of Hill being followed be a group of paparazzi in the Larchmont neighbourhood of Los Angeles over the weekend. In the minute-long clip, the actor can be seen walking down the street with a friend wearing a T-shirt, floral board shorts and sneakers. At one point, one of the photographer's points out his attire, saying: "I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy."
The photographers continue to follow Hill and, before parting ways, one paparazzo tells him, "Have a good day. Enjoy." Hill then apparently replies: "Suck my d--k, you f----t."
A still from the Jonah Hill clip posted on TMZ.
On The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday (local time), the 30-year-old actor acknowledged that he said "a disgusting word."
Hill said the word "does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people." He said that he's been a gay-rights activist "from the day I was born."
Earlier this year, Hill promoted a Human Rights Campaign effort opposing anti-gay laws in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Hill said he had been harassed by the photographer, claiming he said "hurtful things" about Hill and his family.