It was revealed on Wednesday that Steve Rannazzisi has spent the last 14 years lying about his escape from the South Tower during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“After I moved with my wife to Los Angeles from New York City in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I told people that I was in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11,” Rannazzisi said in a statement provided to EW. “It wasn’t true. I was in Manhattan but working in a building in Midtown and I was not at the Trade Center on that day. I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
In addition to his public mea culpa, Rannazzisi has also apologized to at least one person privately: Pete Davidson, the Saturday Night Live featured player whose firefighter father died during the 2001 attacks.
After Davidson mocked Rannazzisi on Twitter for his fabrication (“It’s ok @SteveRannazzisi people make mistakes … Can’t wait to meet my dad for lunch later”), the 21-year-old wrote that The League had contacted him to express remorse.
“Take it easy on @SteveRannazzisi … He reached out to me and is truly sorry. We all sometimes lie and exaggerate a story to seem cooler,” Davidson wrote. “Unfortunately this is a very touchy topic [and] very near [and] dear to peoples’ hearts. It’s years later but he apologized [and] owned up to it like a man.”
In addition to his statement, Rannazzisi tweeted regrets to those who “lost loved ones” during the 9/11 attacks.
“It was profoundly disrespectful to those who perished and those who lost loved ones. The stupidity and guilt I have felt for many years has not abated. It was an early taste of having a public persona, and I made a terrible mistake,” he wrote.
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