Glee 's Heather Morris apologizes to anyone 'triggered' by her tweets about late costar Mark Salling
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Heather Morris apologized to her followers Monday after posting tweets in defense of late Glee costar Mark Salling, who died of suicide in 2018, weeks before he was due to be convicted of child pornography possession.
In a series of now-deleted tweets (reported on by PEOPLE), Morris wrote that she found a glee cast photo posted by someone who had "insultingly" placed a vomit emoji over Salling's face.
In light of the ensuing conversations between her and her followers on Twitter, the actress wrote this week: "To everyone who felt tripped by my message, I sincerely apologize for the damage I have caused. Whether you, a friend, a family Member was a victim of pedophilia, I realize that my words may have been impervious to your experience and for that I cannot express how sorry I am. "
Morris initially responded to the backlash last week, in part by tweeting, "I have no need to ever justify anything because something is better left unsaid. All of you who have a lot to say, I understand, I understand you ... some Things are unforgivable. But this holiday season of ALL holiday seasons is INCREDIBLY difficult for so many of us. "
She added at the time, "Not only did we lose 2 actors, we lost 3." Glee stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera have also died in recent years. "And it's so incredibly difficult to have to act in such a way that the third one is invisible, because while his actions are unjustifiable, at one point he was part of our family and he was insane. Yes, pedophelia." is a disease, but ... Although I don't want to say any of this, it's true. So THANK YOU for treating me with such disrespect and rudeness at a time that I can't go through a day without clenching my eyes at the loss of my entire Glee family ... thank you. "
Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography with a prepubescent minor two years after his 2015 arrest. After a search of the actor's house by the LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Department, federal investigators said they had found more than 25,000 images and 600 videos of child pornography.
Salling, who made a plea deal in 2017, was sentenced to four to seven years in prison. The case was ultimately dismissed after Salling committed suicide in January 2018.
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