First word got out about the October 2006 on-set skirmish between Washington and his "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Patrick Dempsey, in which Washington allegedly outed innocent bystander/costar T.R. Knight by calling him a "faggot." Then, at the Golden Globes that January, Washington attempted to clear his name by telling reporters "No, I did not call T.R. a faggot" -- only to make matters worse. After he was fired from the nighttime soap, Washington spoke out again, this time blaming to ordeal on his race and telling Newsweek "If a black man can't get forgiveness in this country, when so many other people like Robert Downey Jr. and the governor of California get second and third chances ... I think that says a lot about race and this country where we stand."
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