Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp has denied using a racial slur in a resurfaced video, claiming that he was saying "neighbour" in the clip instead.
The actor, who plays Will Byers on the hit Netflix show, became the subject of scrutiny online recently when a fan shared the leaked footage on Twitter.
In it, Schnapp can be seen singing along to Chris Brown and Lil Dicky's 'Freaky Friday' in the back of a car with his friends.
Addressing the backlash, the 15-year-old took to his Instagram Story this week to apologise for using a replacement word and insist that his friends "would never post a video, or support [him]" if he was, in fact, throwing around such an offensive term.
"Hi guys, recently a video from last summer has gotten out of me dancing and singing while singing the word 'neighbour' over the n word. i would truly never say the n word and i'm not the type of person," Schnapp began.
"I genuinely have never used that word in my life. using the word 'neighbour' in that song was just something my camp friends and i did.
"i apologize for using a replacement word. it is not my place to use one and i should of kept my mouth shut. i understand why it is found offensive and i am so sorry."
It comes less than two weeks after Schnapp told his followers that his Twitter account had been hacked, after several inappropriate tweets emerged on his page.
Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream on Netflix.
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