Moby is stepping away for a minute after apologizing to Natalie Portman regarding his new memoir, “Then It Fell Apart.”
“I’m going to go away for awhile,” he wrote in an Instagram posting that went up Wednesday. “But before I do I want to apologize again, and to say clearly that all of this has been my own fault.”
The musician was slammed for remarks he made about Portman in his book.
In it, Moby claimed Portman flirted with him in his dressing room when he was 33 and she was 20 and said he tried to date the actress in the early 2000s.
Portman, who is now 37, denied it all in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and said she had just turned 18 when the two met.
“I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” she said.
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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. 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. Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago. Moby
Moby initially hit back, saying he wasn’t a liar and had photographic evidence to back up his story.
He eventually posted an apology to Portman on his Instagram account.