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Letitia Wright slams claims she spread anti-vaxx statements on Black Panther 2 set: ‘It saddens me’

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Letitia Wright said the reports are ‘completely untrue’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Letitia Wright has spoken out to deny reports that she made anti-vaxx statements on the set of Black Panther 2. 

The 27-year-old actress is currently filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Marvel’s 2018 blockbuster which also starred the late Chadwick Boseman. 

A report was published by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, in which Letitia was singled out as having allegedly ‘espoused similar views about the Covid-19 vaccines’ to the comments she previously made about the vaccines last year. 

In December, the actress came under fire for sharing a fact-free anti-vaxxer video on Twitter. 

However, she has vehemently denied making similar statements on the Black Panther 2 set as suggested by THR’s report.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Letitia wrote: ‘It saddens me to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6th 2021. The report spoke about my conduct on the set of black Panther 2. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CU9KGUpNUqB/

‘I honestly assert that this was completely untrue.

‘Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft & my main focus is always to do work that’s impactful and inspiring. That has been & will continue to be my only focus.’ 

She added: ‘I will continue to hold onto Gods hands, and onto the scripture of Isaiah 54:17. I continue to focus on my healing. Thank you for your prayers.

‘And I continue to pray for Gods love, peace & joy for you all.’ 

In the report, it was also claimed that Letitia ‘quietly parted ways’ with her entire US publicity team following backlash over posting a controversial anti-vaccine video. 

The British star, who plays Shuri in the superhero blockbuster, made headlines when she reposted a video from the YouTube channel On The Table, in which ‘prophet, speaker and author’ Tomi Arayomi spoke in a largely fact-free monologue about his own feelings on vaccines. 

Arayomi – who is not a doctor – stated from the beginning that he had always been sceptical of vaccines and didn’t yet know if he will take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Black Panther
The 27-year-old will reprise her role as Shuri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Picture: Disney, Marvel Studios, AP)

He questioned the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in general, and said of the jab: ‘We can just get this out there and hope to God it doesn’t make extra limbs grow, hope to God you don’t develop children who have 11 fingers and 12 toes.’ 

Arayomi also claimed coronavirus death numbers were inflated to keep people in fear and said that the effectiveness of masks was up for debate.

Letitia shared the video with her 367,000 Twitter followers, captioning the post with the prayer hands emoji. She soon started trending on the platform, with many calling her out for ‘fear-mongering’.

However, she later suggested that she was being ‘cancelled’ for sharing Arayomi’s video, and ‘thinking for herself’.

‘If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled,’ the Black Mirror actress wrote.

Addressing the backlash, she later added: ‘My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.’ 

Letitia then deleted her Twitter account but has still kept her Instagram page. 

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