Christian Bale has fessed up!
"I was out of order beyond belief. I was a punk," he admitted to a disc jockey on air at KROQ yesterday.
The mea culpa was in response to an incriminating audio recording posted on the TMZ web site which painted a picture of a pampered star with a flair for the dramatic and prone to engage in abusive unprofessional conduct.
As I reported at this blog site on the Tuesday last, Bale blew his stack when a Director of Photography on "Terminator Salvation" fussed-about a little too close to the touchy actor as he was emoting for a crucial scene in the big-budget feature.
In a nutshell, Shane Hurlbut innocently stepped into Bale's eye line, annoyed the spoiled actor - and thereafter - was summarily dressed up-and-down in a tirade spiced with salty language that shocked fans around the country!
Disc Jockeys jumped into the fray - and in a scant few hours - the tongue-wagging about Bale's scandalous conduct reached a fever pitch.
When the sexy star tuned in and got an earful of the criticisms - and heard playbacks of the ugly tirade that swept his emotions away that fateful day - he acknowledged he wasn't pleased with his conduct, either.
"There is nobody who heard the tape who is hit harder than me. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable."
That said, one has to wonder, does Bale intend to enroll in an anger management class with the specific aim of curbing that kind of unprofessional conduct in the future?
By the way, on the topic of a - "lack of professionalism" - the spotlight should also be thrown on LA Times writer, Rachel Abramowtiz.
In today's daily, Ms. Abramowitz reported on the incident, but displayed a shocking lack of ethics and professionalism in the process.
The writer never referenced the original source material.
Although TMZ secured the incriminating evidence - and was first to release the shocking tape and point the finger at Bale's disturbing abusive conduct in the mainstream press - Abramowitz never bothered to give any credit to the source.
I seriously have to wonder if the she ever took any courses in Journalism.
If I am not mistaken - "Ethics in Journalism" and "Citing Sources" - are discussed in Journalism 1, aren't they?
Abramowitz under mistaken impression she's the star!