Actor Robert Downey Jr has spoken for the first time about walking out of a UK TV interview earlier this month.
Quizzed by US DJ Howard Stern, the Avengers star dubbed Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru-Murthy “a bottom-feeding muckraker” for bringing up his past problems with drugs.
The actor said he had been “promoting a superhero movie” and suggested his interviewer had a “creepy dark agenda”.
Guru-Murthy himself has insisted he had “no particular agenda”.
Writing in The Guardian, the broadcaster said Downey Jr’s “PR man” had been informed the actor’s “recovery from jail and drug abuse” would be brought up in the interview.
“We don’t do promotional interviews on Channel 4 News,” Guru-Murthy wrote.
“We agree with PR people that as well as talking about a new movie for a while we want to ask wider ranging questions on relatively serious topics.”