Emmerdale Cast Member Sacked Over Racist Tweets!
Emmerdale actress Shila Iqbal has been fired from her role as Aiesha Richards after it was discovered she posted a series of racist tweets.
The actress was dismissed by ITV bosses on Wednesday when the offensive tweets that she posted in 2013, when she was 19 and attending college in Rochdale, were unearthed.
ITV sources told the MailOnline, she was immediately removed from the show after the messages were brought to bosses’ attention, shortly before Shila deleted her entire Twitter account when the news came to light.
An Emmerdale spokesperson said: “As a consequence of historic social media posts Shila Iqbal has left her role as Aiesha Richards on Emmerdale. The programme took the decision not to renew her contract as soon as these posts were brought to the company’s attention.”
In a statement, Shila responded: “I am terribly sorry and take full responsibility for my use of such inappropriate language. I have paid the price and can no longer continue the job I loved the most at Emmerdale.
“Although I was young when I made the tweets, it was still completely wrong of me to do so and I sincerely apologise.
“The only consideration I would ask is that I have recently received hateful tweets telling me that as a Muslim my Emmerdale role means that I am ‘committing sinful acts, promoting sin and deliberately going against the Quran’.
“We live in sensitive times for members of all communities and especially those in multi-racial Rochdale where I grew up.
“I regret that I too have let people down by the use of such language, albeit six years ago. I, like everyone else, have a responsibility about the language I have used on social media as well as in conversation.”
Shila was only made a regular on Emmerdale as Aiesha Richards a few weeks ago after making a brief appearance last year.
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