Star of HBO's Lost, Matthew Fox has had a pretty bad year, having been given a DUI and also taken to court by a bus driver, which he spoke candidly about to Ellen Degeneres on the Ellen show tonight (Oct. 17th 2012).
He admitted being very embarrassed after being arrested for a DUI USMagazine.com reports. “I was not happy about the DUI at all. I was terribly embarrassed by that. And take full responsibility for it. I really own that and have done every single thing the state of Oregon requires for a first time DUI offender,” he said. “I have learned a ton. I did four weeks of alcohol informational training. And just learned an enormous amount." Fox generously shared some of his new found knowledge with Ellen and the audience, something that is certainly worth baring in mind: "50 percent of people that get one DUI will get another." This was a fact that we, alongside Fox find astounding, he said "I will absolutely not be in the statistic. There is just no way."
Fox was also arrested and exploited by a female bus driver who accused him of hitting her. She took him to criminal court, a trial which was dismissed as the prosecutors saw that it was a “hoax”, She then made it a 'civil case' which makes everything far more complex, according to Fox. Eventually though Fox was completely aquitted that he was, unsurprisingly, very relieved about. He felt the accusation was an upsetting defamation of character, saying "It's difficult to be accused of something that you did not do. I've never hit a woman in my life. Never have, never will. That's not a part of who I am as a man and hold that very dear to how I define my character. So that's been very difficult."
Matthew Fox appears in 'Alex Cross' which will be released in cinemas across the US and Canada this Friday (19th Oct. 2012). He will also be starring in 'Emporer' co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, and directed by Peter Webber, with an undisclosed release date.