Filmmaker James Gunn Responds to Unearthed Tweets About Pedophilia: ‘I Have Regretted Them for Many Years’

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(Fox News) James Gunn has issued an apology after a series of old tweets, in which he joked about topics including pedophilia and rape, resurfaced — and resulted in Disney severing ties with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker.

“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn, who deleted his Twitter account on Friday, said in a statement obtained by Variety.

“I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

He continued: “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.”

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