"Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller revealed he's gay while rejecting an invitation to attend a Russian film festival, citing the country's recent crackdown on public homosexuality.

Good idea. If he went, he might have to break out of prison all over again.

According to TMZ, the 41-year-old actor sent a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, explaining why he wouldn't be attending.

"Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline."

 Wentworth Miller (L) and Amaury Nolasco (R) in "Prison Break."
Wentworth Miller (L) and Amaury Nolasco (R) in "Prison Break." ( Chuck Hodes/FOX)

Miller continued "I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

He added, "If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."

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