Despite apology, Moby won't back down on Natalie Portman book claims

Moby and Natalie Portman
Moby and Natalie Portman. Photo credit: Reuters

After exchanging verbal barbs all week over the content of his new book, musician Moby has apologised to Natalie Portman - kind of.  

Moby claimed in a new memoir that he had a brief relationship with the Black Swan star when he was 33 and she was 20.

"I was a bald binge drinker who lived in an apartment that smelled like mildew and old bricks, and Natalie Portman was a beautiful movie star," Moby recalled. "But here she was in my dressing room, flirting with me."

However, once the book was released, Portman immediately expressed shock at her inclusion in his story.

"My recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school," Portman told Harper's Bazaar, stating clearly that she was in fact 18 when the alleged events occurred.

Moby then hit back at Portman via social media, claiming he had evidence of the relationship and characterising her interview as a "gossip piece".

Now Moby has issued an apology, but only for not giving Portman warning of her inclusion in the book before it was released.

"I apologise, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand," a post read on Instagram.

The musician and producer also stated that he could have treated Portman better during their alleged liaisons.

"Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14-year age difference, I absolutely should've acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago."

Portman, meanwhile, has decided to issue no further statements regarding the book. One of her representatives told Variety: "Nat has said all she cares - or hopefully needs - to say."