Actor Matt Damon is insisting that he has never used the anti-gay "f-word" following backlash from a recent interview, Variety reported.
In an article posted by the U.K.'s Sunday Times, the star was quoted saying he had stopped using the offensive term "months ago" when his daughter wrote him a "treatise" on "how that word is dangerous."
However, in a statement to Variety, Damon said that he has never used the word in his "personal life" and does not "use slurs of any kind." He also said he understands why the interview "led many to assume the worst."
"The word that my daughter calls the 'f-slur for a homosexual' was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application," he told the newspaper. "I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter."
Windy City Times received a statement from GLAAD about Damon's statement. "The conversations that have arisen after Matt Damon's original interview and subsequent remarks today are an important reminder that this word, or any word that aims to disparage and disrespect LGBTQ people, has no place in mainstream media, social media, classrooms, workplaces, and beyond," said GLAAD Head of Talent Anthony Allen Ramos "There needs to be accountability at a time when anti-LGBTQ slurs remain rampant today and can fuel discrimination and stereotypes, especially when used by those outside of the community to defame or describe LGBTQ people."