Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has been forced to defend himself after pictures were shared online of alleged derogatory tweets from his account.
A representative of the Hollywood actor has now called the allegations against him “defamatory” and false.
The latest drama for Pratt comes after he was recently branded “Hollywood's worst Chris”, after a Twitter poll ranked him as the least popular actor out of fellow Marvel actors, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, as well as Chris Pine.
This is what the refuted Tweets said - and Pratt’s response.
What did the Tweets say?
Two Tweets which appeared to be from Pratt’s Twitter account began circulating on 4 February.
The posts used slurs, racist language and discriminated against Muslims.
The Tweets, dated around 2012 and 2013, read: “Muslims scare me so much,” and “calling another n***a a 'n****r' is hilarious idc.”
The Parks and Recreation star refuted the allegations on 5 February, stating he had never deleted historic tweets.
He did admit to Tweeting another questionable message in December 2012, taking a pop at the weight of women competing in the Miss Universe beauty pageant.
The tweet read: “#MissUniverse In a way they all look like Miss Hungry”.
How did Pratt respond to the allegations?
Pratt has denied the Tweets ever came from his account, and Twitter officials have also confirmed that they do not think the Tweets are real.
His reps said in the statement to TMZ: “Chris never tweeted the offensive things that are being circulated today. Any suggestion that he did is not only totally false but also defamatory.”
Twitter also discredited the legitimacy of the Tweets, stating that they “strongly believe the [Tweets] to be fake.”
Pratt has also been questioned online by fans who asked why he has not used his platform as a leading actor and role model to be more politically influential - like his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Poehler.
There have also been questions about whether he is a supporter of Donald Trump, too.
Is Pratt a Trump supporter?
A Newsweek article described Pratt’s unwillingness to participate in an Avengers fundraiser for Biden as “a major telltale of Pratt's politics”.
The franchise’s biggest names including Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr. all took part and Ruffalo told fans to “vote blue, straight down the ticket”.
In 2017, Pratt told Men's Fitness magazine: "I don't feel represented by either side.
"I really feel there's common ground out there that's missed because we focus on the things that separate us."
The actor is also the son-in-law of ex-Republican California governor and Hollywood star, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Pratt told fans in May 2020 to read an opinion piece by his father-in-law, in which Schwarzenegger wrote: “The protesters we see in the streets don’t hate America. They are asking us to be better.
"They are asking on behalf of our fellow Americans who no longer have a voice: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others.
"It has to stop. It will take all of us standing up. It will take better training for police officers. It will take the majority of police officers, who are good, pushing for change.
"This isn’t an attack on police officers. It is a criticism of a broken system.
the greatness of America doesn’t come from the status quo; it comes from our constant struggle to live up to our promise.
"This, to me, is not a political issue. It is a patriotic issue.
"We have to be willing to sit down and do the hard work of reform without worrying about stupid party lines."
Pratt has never confirmed whether he is a Trump supporter.