By Lena Sullivan Published 04/22/2015 15:13:00 | Views: 2922
Ben Affleck has said sorry (Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Ben Affleck has issued an apology after critics slammed him for trying to conceal his controversial family history.

Emails among those uncovered by Wikileaks appeared to suggest that Affleck wanted to block mentions of slavery from PBS documentary Finding Your Roots.

Affleck, who was criticised for attempting to wipe out his ancestors’ unsavoury past rather than confront it, has since taken to his Facebook page to issue a full explanation and apology.

Explaining that he felt ’embarrassed’, Affleck wrote: ‘I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves.

‘The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.’

Read his full statement here:

A PBS spokesman pointed out that previous subjects of the television show, including Ken Burns and Anderson Cooper, had discovered during filming that they too had ancestors who had been involved with slavery.

‘It’s shameful and I feel a sense of shame over it,” Cooper said of the discovery.

By Lena Sullivan 04/22/2015 15:13:00

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