Mickey's Gay Mea Culpa

11/11/2008 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Rourke is already apologizing for the the homophobic slur he dropped the other night -- he just won't go on camera to do it.


In a written statement, Rourke told
E! Online, "I want to sincerely apologize for the derogatory word I used ... It was insensitive and inappropriate of me and I am deeply sorry that I may have offended anyone."

But hours after the statement went out, Rourke was mum as he left Mr. Chow, refusing to address the issue on camera. He did, however, talk about his upcoming movie.

That video will be posted soon...