10 September 2020 18:43
Laurence Fox has apologised for sharing "private messages" exchanged with his Lewis co-star Rebecca Front. The actor has deleted a tweet which showed a text message he received from Front, revealing that she had blocked him on Twitter over his #AllLivesMatter posts. Fox has since been criticised by fans for sharing the private messages on a public platform. One user wrote, "Looks like she made the right decision since you then shared the private DMs in public." After deleting the tweet in question, the White Lines actor apologised, stating, "Earlier I tweeted a private text message. It isn't true to my values to make a private conversation public just to make a point.
"I regret it. I would like to apologise to Rebecca Front for doing so. I'm going to delete the tweet and try to build bridges rather than burn them". 'I 100 per cent wound the f*** out of her... she never broke any teeth' Front also addressed the controversy, writing on Twitter: "Thank you to my many lovely friends, old and new. An apology has been made, so let's all move on." In the now-deleted tweet, Fox shared screenshots of a heated exchange between the two, in which he confronted Front after she blocked him on Twitter. In the messages, Front reveals that she chose to block her former co-star because of his behaviour on Twitter supporting the All Lives Matter movement. The Thick of It star said, "It was the #alllivesmatter stuff that finally tipped me over the edge. It seems to me so glaringly obvious that All Lives Matter – you'd have to be a psychopath to disagree – that it should be equally obvious it doesn't need a slogan." Front went on to list some of the discrimination that black people experience, including "far worse" work opportunities and a criminal justice system which "works against them". She added, "I think the least we can do is let them have a f***ing slogan." "There are many, many things we clearly disagree on and, fond as I am of you, looking at your Twitter feed I just felt uncomfortable about the company you're keeping," said Front. Fox replied, "It's ok to disagree. But it's the right thing to do to talk first before you cancel me. Especially given how racist the phrase you just wrote it. I thought we had more in common." The phrase in question is Front's claim that "the least we can do is let them have a f***ing slogan". Fans of the pair have been divided on the issue, with many voicing their support of Front and condemning Fox for sharing private messages on a public platform.