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Isaiah Washington
to do ad for gay rights groups

Isaiah Washington
to do ad for gay rights groups

Isaiah Washington, who came under fire after calling a fellow actor "fag," will appear in a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

''We're going to have--I want to say--at least two versions of it at this point. We may broaden our message a little,'' the actor's publicist, Howard Bragman, told the Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday.

Washington ran into trouble at the Golden Globe Awards in January after he used the same antigay slur during a backstage press conference while denying he'd used it previously against Grey's Anatomy cast mate T.R. Knight.

People magazine reported last October that Washington had allegedly used the slur during an on-set dustup with costar Patrick Dempsey.

Knight acknowledged soon after the incident that he was gay.

After being criticized by GLAAD and the ABC network, Washington issued an apology and sought counseling.

Bragman said ABC, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co., was planning to shoot the ad in the next few weeks. A call to ABC seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Bragman said Washington, 43, plans to return to Grey's Anatomy next year.

''We've heard nothing to the contrary, and we have no plans to the contrary,'' Bragman said.

GLSEN seeks to ensure that schools safely accommodate students of all sexual orientations. (AP)

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