David Prowse, who played the man in the Darth Vader suit during the original Star Wars trilogy, has been banned from Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars conventions, he said in a statement on his website. The statement was posted at the end of June and was originally reported by TheForce.net, but the news has only now received mainstream media coverage.
The actor announced that he wouldn't be appearing at the upcoming Celebration V event after being told of the ban by event organisers. "It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year or any other Lucasfilm associated events," he wrote.
He claims he was told he had "burnt too many bridges between Lucasfilm and [him]self."