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Val KilmerThe Doors and Top Gun star, Val Kilmer, has been asked to defend himself against accusations that he is a racist if he wants to go ahead and build guest houses on his 5,000 acre ranch in New Mexico.

Officials on the San Miguel Planning and Zoning Commission want Kilmer to explain derogatory comments he has made about New Mexico in the past, according to the Daily Express, as well as recent incidents that have enraged his neighbours.

In a 2003 Rolling Stone interview, Kilmer is quoted as saying that he lived in the "homicide capital of the South West" and that he keeps a gun in his vehicle. He also said that, "80 per cent of people in my county are drunk."

Find out more after the jump... Val KilmerThe Doors and Top Gun star, Val Kilmer, has been asked to defend himself against accusations that he is a racist if he wants to go ahead and build guest houses on his 5,000 acre ranch in New Mexico.

Officials on the San Miguel Planning and Zoning Commission want Kilmer to explain derogatory comments he has made about New Mexico in the past, according to the Daily Express, as well as recent incidents that have enraged his neighbours.

In a 2003 Rolling Stone interview, Kilmer is quoted as saying that he lived in the "homicide capital of the South West" and that he keeps a gun in his vehicle. He also said that, "80 per cent of people in my county are drunk."

Immediately after the interview was printed, Kilmer claimed that he was misquoted saying: "You can ask anyone who knows me, I've never said a racist or prejudiced thing in my life."

Nevertheless, Rolling Stone stood by the article and now the matter has been raised again because of Kilmer's building plans.

The actor has also apparently angered his Hispanic neighbours for chasing local children away from fishing along the Pecos Rivers on his grounds and for erecting a high fence around his property.

During a two-hour hearing in March, local residents said Kilmer wanted to "create a segregated community for rich whites" with his proposed lodging business.

In an article in the Las Vegas Optic, Kilmer's ranch hand, Phil Howes, says that he has never heard Kilmer utter a derogatory remark and that the Hollywood star has always contributed to the community - giving out free turkeys at Thanksgiving and allowing people to chop wood on his land.

Howes also said the actor has allowed people to fish along the river, but wants people to ask first.

Due to the neighbours' complaints, the local officials halted their plans of allowing Kilmer to rent some guesthouses on his ranch until he clarifies his side of the story. He is expected to attend a public meeting tabled by the San Miguel County Commission on June 23rd.