Nick Vallelonga has apologized for his tweet from 2015 that agreed with Donald Trump’s claim that Muslims in Jersey City cheered when the World Trade Center towers came down on 9/11.
“I want to apologize,” said the Green Book writer in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
He added, “I especially deeply apologize to the 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.”
Participant Media, which co-financed and produced Green Book, shared the following statement: “We find Mr. Vallelonga’s Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no uncertain terms.”
Controversies for the film’s team continue to grow after Green Book director Peter Farrelly came under scrutiny on Wednesday when film website The Cut uncovered a 1998 Newsweek article that described how he used to flash his genitals as a joke.
At the 2019 Golden Globes, co-writers Vallelonga, Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie were awarded best screenplay and the film picked up three awards in total.