Heather Morris apologizes to fans who have 'been a victim of pedophilia' after receiving backlash for defending 'Glee' costar Mark Salling
Heather Morris starred in "Glee". Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images
Heather Morris apologized to "those who felt tripped" after posting a series of tweets on Friday defending her "Glee" star, Mark Salling.
Salling pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography a year before he committed suicide in 2018.
"I sincerely apologize for the damage I have caused," wrote Morris.
"Whether you, a friend or family member, have become a victim of pedophilia, I know my words may have been impervious to your experience," added the actress.
After Morris described a Salling fan image as "offensive" after the fan covered Salling's face with a vomiting emoji, it subsequently doubled in a series of tweets.
Morris' passionate defense of Salling and her "Glee family" sparked a lot of backlash from fans.
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"Glee" star Heather Morris is now apologizing to fans who felt "triggered" by her tweets passionately defending late co-star Mark Salling, who pleaded guilty to child pornography prior to his suicide in 2018.
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"To everyone who felt tripped by my message, I sincerely apologize for the damage I have caused," wrote Morris in a statement shared on Twitter on Monday.
"Whether you, a friend or family member have become a victim of pedophilia, I know that my words may have been impervious to your experience and I cannot express my sorry enough for that," she added.
The actress appeared to have deleted the tweets in question after a "Glee" fan tweeted a series of screenshots from the 2010 episode "A Very Glee Christmas" to commemorate the episode's 10th anniversary - and even retweeted it from Kevin McHale, who played Artie.
But Morris, who played Brittany on the show, questioned the fact that the fan had covered Puck's face, the character who played Salling, with vomiting with an emoji - an obvious indication of Salling's real-world arrest for possession of child pornography The Actor later pleaded guilty two years later.
"The vomiting on Mark's face is offensive," Morris said in a now-deleted reply to McHale's retweet.
After numerous Twitter users called her about the comment, Morris doubled in on a series of now-deleted tweets posted on her own page on Friday.
"I have no need to ever justify anything because some things are better left unsaid," she wrote.
While Morris noted that Salling's possession of child pornography was "unforgivable" for some people, she nonetheless urged fans to respect the actor who committed suicide in 2018 while awaiting conviction for his possession.
"Not only did we lose 2 cast members, we lost 3," Morris continued on Twitter. "And it is 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 mentally ill."
"Although I don't want to say any of this, it is true," the actress wrote in another tweet, closing her message with a sarcastic thank you to the fans for having "such disrespect and at a time I can't get." Treated rudeness for a day without rolling my eyes at the loss of my entire 'Glee' family. "
Morris, of course, was referring to the fact that several other "Glee" cast members have died in the years since the show first opened in 2009. The hit Fox Musical-Dramedy ran six seasons before it went off the air in 2015.
Cory Monteith, who played quarterback star Finn Hudson on the show, died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in 2013. He was 31 years old.
And earlier this year, "Glee" star Naya Rivera accidentally drowned while boating with her young son on Lake Piru, California.
Heather Morris said she didn't need to justify defending Glee costar Mark Salling after calling the fan’s tweet "offensive".
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