Musician Moby has issued an apology to Natalie Portman for being "inconsiderate" after a row over his depiction of their alleged relationship in his memoir.
In his new memoir "Then It Fell Apart", the 53-year-old artiste claims he briefly dated the actor after she "flirted" with him in his dressing room at one of his shows. Portman denied the claims.
"As some time has passed I've realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in 'Then It Fell Apart' are very valid. I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction.
"I have a lot of admiration for Natalie, for her intelligence, creativity, and animal rights activism, and I hate that I might have caused her and her family distress," Moby wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
The musician said he should have acted "more responsibly and respectfully" when he and Portman met almost 20 years ago. The Oscar winner said he was "creepy" towards her when they met at the concert.
"I tried to treat everyone I included in 'Then It Fell Apart' with dignity and respect, but nonetheless it was truly inconsiderate for me to not let them know before the book was released. So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in 'Then It Fell Apart' without telling them beforehand," Moby added in his apology.
After Portman, 37, rejected his claims, Moby took to Instagram on Friday, where he shared some photos of his with the actor to support his claims, and said "it hurts to be lied about".
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