This is a big week for 9/11-related apologies. First Adrian Grenier for his Iraq tweet, then the guy from Devo for his terrible wedding reception and now this: “The League” star Steve Rannazzisi is sorry for lying about being in one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Yikes. “As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough,” Rannazzisi posted to Twitter. “After I moved with my wife to Los Angeles from New York City in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I told people that I was in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. It wasn’t true. I was in Manhattan but working in a building in midtown and I was not at the Trade Center on that day. I don’t know why I said this.”
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“This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry,” he went on. “For many years, more than anything, I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man. It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this? It is to the victims of 9/11 and to the people that love them — and the people that love me — that I ask for forgiveness.”
Oh, but he’s not done: “It was profoundly disrespectful to those who perished and those who lost loved ones. The stupidity and guilt I have felt for many years has not abated. It was an early taste of having a public persona, and I made a terrible mistake.” What’s extra awkward is that this is probably what he’ll best known for, at least for a while.
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