The 31-year-old actress was in the headlines Monday after revealing she’s gay in a TikTok post a day earlier.
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Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky took to social media on Monday evening to stress that she’s not racist after a Twitter user brought up a 2008 altercation she was involved in with America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden that included accusations of racist remarks.
‘I am deeply saddened and hurt to hear I have been wrongly accused of ever having anything other than love in my heart for someone of a different race, when that couldn’t be further from the truth,’ said the 31-year-old actress, who was in the headlines Monday after revealing she’s gay in a TikTok post a day earlier.
She added: ‘I am finally in a good place in my life living my true self I do not feel the need to rehash the trauma we all experienced that day or point fingers at anyone else to try to tarnish their reputation.’
The latest: Nikki Blonsky, 31, took to social media on Monday evening to stress that she’s not racist after a Twitter user brought up a 2008 altercation she was involved in with America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden that included accusations of racist remarks
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The incident took place July 30, 2008 as Blonsky’s family was leaving Turks and Caicos via the Providenciales International Airport, TMZ reported at the time. Blonsky’s family clashed with the family of Golden (who is Black), and Golden, Blonsky and her father Carl were arrested on assault charges in connection with the incident.
Golden, 31, subsequently told Tyra Banks in an October 2008 chat that Blonsky and her family started the fight when they verbally and then physically attacked her and her relatives, using racial slurs amid the brawl, E! reported.
‘Her father and mother started saying, “They got rabies, they got rabies!”‘ Golden said at the time, according to the outlet.
Blonsky told People at the time that Golden’s family had brought both race and physical appearance up amid the fight, claiming Golden’s brother called her a ‘fat white b****.’
She denied allegations that her family had used racist terms in the conflict, telling the outlet that they ‘never said anything about rabies.’
The Long Island, New York native said at the time it was ‘disrespectful that somebody would say that [she’s] racist.’
Blonsky said Monday that ‘the information surrounding the incident is incorrect and false,’ and while ‘an altercation did occur 12 years ago that [she is] not proud of, the use of racist language and violence is inaccurate.’
Blonsky said she harbors no ill will toward Golden – ‘I wish Bianka nothing but the best,’ she wrote – and thinks the people circulating the story on social media are causing harm ‘by continuing to spread false rumors and hate.’
Golden, who continues to work as a model, had not addressed anything about Blonsky or the incident on her Twitter or Instagram accounts as of late Monday.
The incident occurred less than a year Blonsky portrayed Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film alongside John Travolta and Golden finished fourth on the ninth cycle of Americas Next Top Model.
Blonsky was in the headlines Sunday after publicly coming out in Tik Tok clip in which she danced in her backyard.
‘Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! #pride #imcomingout #hairspray’ Blonsky told her 27,000-plus followers.
‘It’s incredibly true!!!’ she said in the comment section. ‘Thank you so much for the love and support!’
Trailer for Hairspray starring Zac Efron and Brittany Snow