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Gay slur star meets rights groups
Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington took a break from filming to attend the meeting
The star of top-rating US medical drama Grey's Anatomy has met with gay rights groups in the wake of his use of a homophobic insult.

Isaiah Washington reportedly agreed to help educate the public about the cruelty of such language.

Last October, the actor was involved in an on-set scuffle with co-star Patrick Dempsey when he allegedly used the term about fellow cast member TR Knight.

Washington then angered TV bosses by repeating the word at an awards show.

Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), said: "He seemed very sincere in his interest in working with us in an ongoing basis.

"We emphasised that this is not a one-shot deal, but an ongoing thing. He was very open to doing this."

Apology issued

According to Mr Jennings, Washington said he wanted to explore ways to work with GLSEN to address issues of "name-calling and how he might use his various platforms to educate people about how painful and wrong it is".

Washington, a father of three, used the term "faggot" about cast mate TR Knight during an on-set argument with co-star Dempsey.

Soon after, Knight publicly revealed he was gay and said he was upset at what Washington had said.

Washington reignited the controversy when he used the term again backstage at the Golden Globes as he denied ever uttering it. He later issued an apology after he was chastised by ABC.

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