The Sunday Times: My behaviour was abominable but not abusive, says ‘sex addict’ Moby accused by Natalie Portman

It is not only Natalie Portman who was horrified by Moby’s behaviour when he claimed to have dated the Black Swan actress two decades ago when she was 18.

The millionaire electronic music producer told The Sunday Times — before Portman’s intervention — that his past behaviour had been “terrible” and admitted that he used to be “a sex and love addict”.

Moby, 53, real name Richard Melville Hall, is the great-great-great-nephew of the novelist Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. Moby’s breakthrough album Play, released in 1999, sold 12m copies. At one stage during his wild life Moby discovered graffiti in a New York public lavatory that read “Moby gets more ass than the toilet seat”.

He said: “The sexual encounters [mentioned in his new book, Then It Fell Apart] . . . I tried very hard to change the biographical details so the other person wouldn’t feel compromised . . . I didn’t want to be disrespectful. I just wanted to try to describe what had happened in a way where they wouldn’t feel compromised.”

However, last night he apologised on Instagram for his “inconsiderate” inclusion of Portman, 37, who described her youthful encounters with Moby as “creepy”. He added: “I accept that given the dynamic of our . . . age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago.”


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