Jason Bateman: “I’m Sorry” for Skipping iPhone Line

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Jason Bateman has issued a mea culpa in the Great iPhone 4 Riot of 2010.

Last week, the actor ticked off a mob of 2000 by cutting in line with an Apple store employee to snag an iPhone 4. Via Twitter, Bateman initially claimed he was simply avoiding paparazzi and didn't notice any ruckus. (The incident was even a "Hot Topic" on Monday's The View.)

But late Tuesday — after more eyewitnesses confirmed what really happened to UsMagazine.com — Bateman changed his tune.

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"Correction- If there were boos, I didn't hear them," the star, 41, Tweeted. "If some were mad, I didn't see them. I wish I had. If you're out there, I'm sorry."

Customer Angela Mayhew (who had queued up at 3:30 a.m. for the coveted device) told Us of the brouhaha: "It was so much drama! It was the most surreal experience. People were so pissed because that line was ridiculous."

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TechBurrito blogger Alan Natale stood next to Bateman in line, and confirmed that people "were groaning, making comments in MY earshot of his not having to wait in line and some boos."

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Of Bateman's paparazzi claims, he added: "I only counted ONE (1) Paparazzo and one other person who took a picture of him – both from across the street from a distance of at least 40 feet- so no one bothered him."

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