Val Kilmer says sorry to his New Mexico neighbors

June 25th, 2010 - 8:49 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

32582 New Mexico, Jun 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New Mexicans have been mad at Val Kilmer for more than 7 years, for highly insulting remarks that he had made about his neighbors in 2 separate interviews.

After blaming the media for being misquoted for years, the action star has finally found the humility and words to say sorry publicly to his new Mexico neighbors for the critical remarks that he gave in a Rolling Stone interview in 2003. In the interview he reportedly said that he lived in ’the homicide capital of the Southwest” and that “80 percent of the people in my county are drunk.”

He only made matters worse in another interview in 2005 in Esquire, in which he called the Vietnam War veterans as “borderline criminals “.

The actor applied for permits to turn his 6000-acre Santa Fe ranch into a bed and breakfast last month and it was met with fierce opposition by his neighbors, who protested vehemently and asked the Hollywood star to apologize.

He attended a hearing on Wednesday, in which he apologized for those remarks and officials have finally granted him the permits. “I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us so that we can go forward, working together toward a common interest in promoting and protecting our beloved New Mexico,” Kilmer said.

However, not all of his neighbors are satisfied with his apology, as some think he’s a racist.

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