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'Green Book' writer sorry for anti-Muslim tweet

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"Green Book" has apologized for posting a suggesting that American Muslims could be seen cheering 9/11.

"I want to apologize," Vallelonga said in a statement issued on Thursday night, reported variety.com.

"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 '' I especially deeply apologize to the incredibly brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali and all members of the Muslim faith for the hurt I have caused.

"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. 'Green Book' is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better," he added.

The was from November 2015 when at a rally Trump had said: "Hey, I watched when the came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."

ABC's challenged Trump on the claim, but the then insisted that he saw Muslims celebrating with his own eyes.

On that, Vallelonga had commented: "100 per cent correct. Muslims in cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local "

Vallelonga had deleted his account on Wednesday after the recirculated, reported variety.com.

The film's co-financer and also released a statement, saying: "We find Vallelong''s post offensive, dangerous and antithetical to Participant Medi's values. We reject it in no uncertain terms."

Vallelong's script is based on the experiences of his father, (Viggo Mortensen), driving Dr. through the Deep South for a tour in the early 1960s.

Shirle''s family spoke out against the film, disputing its depiction of the events of the tour and stating they had not been contacted during production or conception.

Peter Farrelly, Mortensen, and Vallelonga have defended the film, which won on January 6 for best comedy or musical, best screenplay and supporting for Ali. The screenplay was written by Vallelonga, and

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 13:04 IST
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