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The Revenant actor Duane Howard posts apology to Vancouver woman over ‘incident’

 

(Editor’s Note: APTN News has spoken to Duane Howard and will be posting a story shortly.)

Kathleen Martens
APTN News
The Revenant actor Duane Howard has apologized to a Vancouver woman for an “incident” that happened years ago.

“I’m here today to stand my truth and apologize to Lauraleigh Paul,” Howard said in a video posted to Facebook Tuesday but was taken down later in the day.


The following is an unedited video Duane Howard posted on his Facebook site on Tuesday. The video has since been taken down.


Howard doesn’t elaborate on what incident was that he is apologizing for.

Lauraleigh Paul told APTN News that she was 16 and Howard was 30 at the time.

“I honestly thought he was an upstanding man in our community,” Paul said. “I felt safe going into those kids room to sleep on their floor. I was wrong.”

She said she has talked to Howard about it since and he has apologized.

So she was thrown for a loop when he denied the allegation in a statement to APTN on Oct. 12, sent by his publicist.

“Mr. Howard wants his community to know that he is shocked by Ms. Paul’s allegations and that he firmly denies having ever harmed her in any way. Mr. Howard is not commenting further until after he’s spoken to his counsel.”

Paul said she was was hurt and angry.

But now, Howard is saying sorry to Paul and her family and her community.

“I want to firstly acknowledge the pain and hurt that I have caused her. I sincerely apologize for what you have went through carrying that trauma,” he said while looking into a camera and reading a prepared statement.

“I hope that this statement allows you and your family and your community to begin the healing of what was brought up.”

Paul said the incident changed her life.

“My self-esteem stayed at the bottom of the barrel for many years,” she wrote.

“I tried to return to the pow wow circle. He mostly ignored me, except when he was talking to other men at the drum or in circle – laughing behind his hands, he and whomever he was talking to… looking directly at me, talking behind their hands and laughing hysterically.

“I was so ashamed that I stopped going to pow wows, and I stopped going to the friendship center for practice. I lent my regalia out and never asked for it back. I never made another one. I never danced again.”

Paul said she wrote a Facebook post after being triggered last week.

She started writing after two days of what felt like anxiety.

She said she was overcome with “shame and fear” once she posted the disclosure, but was bolstered by so many people supporting her online.

“It goddamn feels like death. I can’t breathe,” she wrote.

“I’ve got two boys, my dreams are coming true for my business and my people, and I feel so f***ing grey.”

Duane Howard as Chief Elk Dog in The Revenant

(Duane Howard as Chief Elk Dog in The Revenant)

Howard, who shot to fame after starring as Elk Dog with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, is from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation on Vancouver Island.

His biography on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) says he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from a young age and lived on the streets it says until he turned to acting in the ‘90s where he could channel all of his life’s experiences.

“Duane is very matter-of-fact that it took all of this, the childhood addictions, his near deaths on the street, his recovery, education and training, all of it to perform the role of ‘Elk Dog’ in The Revenant.”

Howard said he is ready hold an accountability circle with Paul.

“The reason why it took me a week to respond is that I was afraid and ashamed to face the truth,” he says in the video.

“I’ve been going through a lot of hurt and pain and facing the shame and guilt. I have been processing a lot of this.”

Danielle Jack, who knows Howard personally, supports Paul for speaking out and hopes it helps her heal.

“My heart goes out to Lauraleigh and her family,” she wrote in an email to APTN.

“We held him in such high regard and applauded his success while she stood alone with such a broken spirit thinking no one would believe her.”

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12 Responses to “The Revenant actor Duane Howard posts apology to Vancouver woman over ‘incident’”

  1. Amtupper@hotmail.com'
    Ashley October 17, 2018 at 5:52 am #

    I commend you on your courage to own up to the issue and apologize. There is so much correction to be done with the victims and descendants of residential school victims and survivors.
    O C M

  2. Jamesgeorgenia@hotmail.com'
    Georgenia James October 17, 2018 at 5:17 am #

    First and foremost when making amends you need to be thorough in what your sorry for. Come from a place off sincerity. To think we trusted our youth in your hands. I know we need to find a loving place for men to heal and make amends. But that was so far from sincere. No actual words of what you did wrong. Incident..ruining a young womans life. When your ready to be sincere..then say words..

  3. teslin21@hotmail.com'
    darcy kerr October 17, 2018 at 3:36 am #

    This is a very tough subject for many women ….. it brings up so much ugly. I am grateful for the opportunity this horrible experience will provide for me to heal another deeper layer of my own pain once I am able to move beyond the Anger.
    I have some questions. I understand this “Apology” was written by others from your community. If that is true that’s pretty chintzy.
    An apology needs to come from the Heart and doesn’t require a “Script”…… Your apology lacks substance and sincerity.
    What exactly is the “Truth” you profess to stand in?
    What exactly are you apologizing for? You refer to this violent act as an “Incident”. It was more than an Incident. Why is it that you don’t know that?
    How did you cause this Pain and Hurt that you refer to…. what did you do?

    Then you mention “Being an Accountable Man” An accountable Man would have used the words from his own heart, Sincerely and Earnestly. An accountable man would have also had the Courage to be specific about his actions and not simply refer to what happened as a “Painful and Sensitive Subject”.

    This is very sad,disappointing and I’m afraid all too common. My heart breaks for the women, my sisters who have suffered at your hands and the hands of other men like you.
    Men who are eager to sit at the Drum, Walk in Ceremony, Have Accolades Bestowed upon them, talk with others about “The Teachings”. You should never be permitted to participate again in any of these Sacred Ways.

    You have broken a Sacred Trust …… one that never really heals. You need to have a long hard look at what you have done and ask yourself “What do I deserve”

  4. a*******@hotmail.com'
    Ashley February 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    I commend you on your courage to own up to the issue and apologize. There is so much correction to be done with the victims and descendants of residential school victims and survivors.
    O C M

  5. j*************@hotmail.com'
    Georgenia James February 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    First and foremost when making amends you need to be thorough in what your sorry for. Come from a place off sincerity. To think we trusted our youth in your hands. I know we need to find a loving place for men to heal and make amends. But that was so far from sincere. No actual words of what you did wrong. Incident..ruining a young womans life. When your ready to be sincere..then say words..

  6. ginarussell99@gmail.com'
    Gina russell October 17, 2018 at 12:07 am #

    Being the victim, there well being is the utmost importance, you are a perpetrator, you do not have that right. So do not hide behind the genocide of Residential School. Steps of sobriety is going to the people you hurt and harmed, do it while you can!

  7. t*******@hotmail.com'
    darcy kerr February 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    This is a very tough subject for many women ….. it brings up so much ugly. I am grateful for the opportunity this horrible experience will provide for me to heal another deeper layer of my own pain once I am able to move beyond the Anger.
    I have some questions. I understand this “Apology” was written by others from your community. If that is true that’s pretty chintzy.
    An apology needs to come from the Heart and doesn’t require a “Script”…… Your apology lacks substance and sincerity.
    What exactly is the “Truth” you profess to stand in?
    What exactly are you apologizing for? You refer to this violent act as an “Incident”. It was more than an Incident. Why is it that you don’t know that?
    How did you cause this Pain and Hurt that you refer to…. what did you do?

    Then you mention “Being an Accountable Man” An accountable Man would have used the words from his own heart, Sincerely and Earnestly. An accountable man would have also had the Courage to be specific about his actions and not simply refer to what happened as a “Painful and Sensitive Subject”.

    This is very sad,disappointing and I’m afraid all too common. My heart breaks for the women, my sisters who have suffered at your hands and the hands of other men like you.
    Men who are eager to sit at the Drum, Walk in Ceremony, Have Accolades Bestowed upon them, talk with others about “The Teachings”. You should never be permitted to participate again in any of these Sacred Ways.

    You have broken a Sacred Trust …… one that never really heals. You need to have a long hard look at what you have done and ask yourself “What do I deserve”

  8. info@youngwarriors.net'
    Lee Mason October 16, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

    WOW and you all fell for this scripted apology that never even acknowledged the fact he violently raped her when she was only 16 years old, you should be ashamed of yourselves, where’s your editorial view on all of this? Oh right he’s a famous actor and she’s a nobody in your eyes. Duane Howard is a poor excuse for a human being and he should be banned from doing any of his fraudulent motivational speeches with youth, he should be shunned by every First Nation in Canada. How can anyone trust having a predator among their children? Disgusting POS.

  9. RedSoulBluez.music@gmail.com'
    Rose L Siccama October 16, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

    @APTN why are you giving him a platform to flex his disorders and maintain control over this crime and revictimize LLP??!! Obvious narcissistic move. He played you. He played us all. Vancity community is shattered by this. I hope we build better this time.

  10. g************@gmail.com'
    Gina russell February 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    Being the victim, there well being is the utmost importance, you are a perpetrator, you do not have that right. So do not hide behind the genocide of Residential School. Steps of sobriety is going to the people you hurt and harmed, do it while you can!

  11. i***@youngwarriors.net'
    Lee Mason February 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    WOW and you all fell for this scripted apology that never even acknowledged the fact he violently raped her when she was only 16 years old, you should be ashamed of yourselves, where’s your editorial view on all of this? Oh right he’s a famous actor and she’s a nobody in your eyes. Duane Howard is a poor excuse for a human being and he should be banned from doing any of his fraudulent motivational speeches with youth, he should be shunned by every First Nation in Canada. How can anyone trust having a predator among their children? Disgusting POS.

  12. r*****************@gmail.com'
    Rose L Siccama February 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    @APTN why are you giving him a platform to flex his disorders and maintain control over this crime and revictimize LLP??!! Obvious narcissistic move. He played you. He played us all. Vancity community is shattered by this. I hope we build better this time.