Director Issues Apology To Keira Knightley After Publicly Criticizing Her

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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John Carney issued a public apology to Keira Knightley after saying that she made it “hard” on the filming of “Begin Again.” (RELATED: Keira Knightley Goes Topless In Protest Of Photoshop)

On Wednesday, the Irish director sent an apology to the actress and then made a public apology on social media. Carney posted on his Twitter account a screenshot of a typed letter.

“Recently, in a phone interview, the conversation turned to a discussion about a past film, ‘Begin Again,’ starring Keira Knightley,” he wrote. “I said a number of things about Keira which were petty, mean and hurtful. I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me.”

“In trying to pick holes in my own work, I ended up blaming someone else,” he added. “That’s not only bad directing, that’s shoddy behaviour, that I am not in any way proud of. It’s arrogant and disrespectful.”

“Keira was nothing but professional and dedicated during that film and she contributed hugely to its success,” he continued. Carney then concluded his apology saying, “It’s not something I could ever justify, and will never repeat.”


In a recent interview Carney had said “Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Adding, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Several directors have since come out and defended Knightley, saying she was professional and wonderful to work with.