Actor Val Kilmer has taken out a newspaper advert thanking his friends in New Mexico for standing by him over a controversial magazine article accusing him of slamming the American state.

Kilmer is quoted in ROLLING STONE magazine describing New Mexico, where he lives, as "the homicide capital of the United States".

The screen star, who lives in a village called Pecos, vehemently denies making the comment, and has taken the ad out in the SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN to thank friends and neighbours for believing him.

It reads, "I love my state and Pecos where I live."

13/10/2003 17:01