The author of Oscar-tipped movie Inexperienced Guide has apologised for a 2015 tweet during which he mentioned he noticed Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 assaults.
Nick Vallelonga tweeted his assist for Donald Trump, who mentioned he had seen “1000’s and 1000’s” cheering – a declare that is been extensively discredited.
Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was “100% right”, however has now mentioned sorry “for the damage I’ve precipitated”.
He received a Golden Globe Award on Sunday, and the Oscars at the moment are six weeks away.
Vallelonga wrote Inexperienced Guide in regards to the story of his father Tony Lip, who drove black live performance pianist Don Shirley by the US Deep South amid the racism of the 1960s.
Viggo Mortensen performs the driving force, whereas Mahershala Ali, a Muslim, portrays Shirley. However its Oscar probabilities could also be affected by a string of current controversies.
Shirley’s household have criticised the movie, saying it’s crammed with “lies”; co-writer and director Peter Farrelly has apologised after an previous interview surfaced during which he talked about flashing his genitals; and Mortensen has mentioned sorry for utilizing the N phrase in an interview.
The most recent controversy comes after the re-emergence of the tweet Vallelonga despatched following a rally in November 2015, the place Mr Trump – then a presidential candidate – mentioned: “I watched in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey, the place 1000’s and 1000’s of individuals have been cheering as that constructing was coming down.”
Vallelonga wrote: “100% right. Muslims in Jersey Metropolis cheering when towers went down. I noticed it, as you probably did, probably on native CBS information.”
There has never been any evidence to assist Mr Trump’s declare that “1000’s” celebrated after the assaults in 2001.
A clip has emerged of a WCBS correspondent on the time reporting that police discovered eight males celebrating in a single constructing in New Jersey, however it didn’t present footage of the boys.
In a press release reported by Hollywood Reporter, Variety and different websites, Vallelonga mentioned: “I wish to apologise. I spent my life making an attempt to convey this story of overcoming variations and discovering frequent floor to the display, and I’m extremely sorry to everybody related to Inexperienced Guide.
“I particularly deeply apologise to the good and sort Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim religion, for the damage I’ve precipitated. I’m additionally sorry to my late father who modified a lot from Dr Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson will not be misplaced on me.
“Inexperienced Guide is a narrative about love, acceptance and overcoming limitations, and I’ll do higher.”
Participant Media, which produced the movie, additionally launched a press release saying: “We discover Mr Vallelonga’s Twitter put up offensive, harmful, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no unsure phrases.”
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz was amongst these criticising the author on Twitter, calling his feedback “too disgusting”.
On Sunday, Vallelonga picked up the Golden Globe for finest screenplay alongside Farrelly and co-writer Brian Currie. The Golden Globes are among the many key precursors to the Oscars.
The controversies have come at an important time within the Oscars race – voting for the nominees opened on 7 January and closes on 14 January. The ceremony itself will happen on 24 February.