Marvel actor Chris Pratt has denied writing several offensive tweets which circulated on Twitter yesterday (February 3).
The tweets – which were said to be from 2012 and 2013 and contained racist and bigoted language – were never written by Pratt, his spokesperson has confirmed.
"Chris never tweeted the offensive things that are being circulated today," the actor's rep told TMZ. "Any suggestion that he did is not only totally false but also defamatory."
A Twitter executive also told TMZ that they "strongly believe these [tweets] to be fake".
A different tweet that circulated – in which he 'joked' of Miss Universe contestants, "In a way they all look like Miss Hungry" – was confirmed to be a real tweet posted by the Guardians of the Galaxy actor a number of years ago.
Pratt previously trended on Twitter back in October after an online poll asking which famous Chris – Pratt, Hemsworth, Pine or Evans – should go resulted in Pratt emerging as the Chris to go.
The backlash resulted in several of Pratt's Marvel co-stars coming out to defend the actor, with Mark Ruffalo calling him "as solid a man there is" and Zoe Saldana tweeting a message to him that "everyone who's ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!"
Pratt later appeared to respond to the online row in an Instagram video about a charity fantasy football league he was taking part in, as he said: "Anyone who's been picked last knows how that feels," and joked: "I guess we finally put an end to that debate... Who's the better Chris?"
Pratt recently confirmed that his Marvel character Peter Quill / Star-Lord will feature in Thor's fourth solo movie Thor: Love and Thunder.
"I'm gonna go be in Thor in Australia, so I'll be travelling to Australia in about a week," he let slip during an Instagram chat with fellow Marvel star Tom Holland, before realising that he might have let a secret out of the bag.
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