Kilmer Says He's Sorry

Las Vegas, NM – Actor Val Kilmer has apologized to his northern New Mexico neighbors after he was quoted making disparaging comments about the community.

San Miguel County commissioners invited Kilmer to a meeting Wednesday to explain comments published years ago in Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines.

Kilmer says he shares residents' concerns "when you hear negative things about a place you love."

After hearing from Kilmer and those upset by his remarks, commissioners approved a permit that will let him rent guest houses at his ranch.

Commissioners say they hope everyone can put the situation behind them.

But Rowe resident Abran Tapia says he doesn't accept Kilmer's apology. Tapia says he thinks someone needs to continue speaking up for those who were offended by Kilmer's remarks.

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