Nick Vallelonga, a Golden Globe-winner and writer of ‘’Green Book’’ has apologized over a tweet he posted in 2015.
In the tweet, Vallelonga claimed he saw “Muslims in Jersey City cheering” when the World Trade Center Towers collapsed in the terrorist attacks.
His Tweet account was deleted after the tweet resurfaced this week.
“I want to apologize. I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with ‘Green Book,'” Vallelonga said in a statement Thursday via a representative. “I especially deeply apologize to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused.”
Ali and Viggo Mortensen, who featured in “ Green Book’’ as stars are Muslim.
“I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me,” Vallelonga added. “‘Green Book’ is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better.”
“Green Book” won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical on Sunday, but its path to accolades has encountered controversy.