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Glenn Close: Use of my image in Navy video 'insulting'

From JD Cargill, CNN
One of the videos show Glenn Close sitting in a chair, dressed in black and wearing what appears to be a "USS Enterprise" hat.
One of the videos show Glenn Close sitting in a chair, dressed in black and wearing what appears to be a "USS Enterprise" hat.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Close says she visited the USS Enterprise more than four years ago
  • Officials say Capt. Owen Honors produced profanity- and slur-laden videos
  • The videos include anti-gay slurs and simulated sex acts
  • Honors was relieved of his command of the ship

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Actress Glenn Close said she is "distraught" that her image was used in one of a series of profanity- and slur-laden videos aboard the Navy's USS Enterprise.

"The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request made during a visit to an aircraft carrier over four years ago," Close said, according to a statement from publicist Catherine Olim on Tuesday.

In the videos, Navy Capt. Owen Honors is shown cursing along with other members of his staff in an attempt to demonstrate humor. There are also anti-gay slurs, simulated sex acts, and what appear to be two female sailors in a shower together.

Excerpts from the videos and descriptions of their content were first published Saturday by The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Sailors told The Virginian-Pilot that Close was persuaded to make a short appearance on camera during her visit.

Honors will be permanently relieved of his command of the ship, a top Navy commander said Tuesday. Honors was the executive officer -- or second in command -- of the USS Enterprise when the videos were made and had since taken command of the ship.

An image from the video shows Close sitting in a chair, dressed in black and wearing what appears to be a "USS Enterprise" hat. The context of her appearance was not immediately clear.