AceShowbiz - Mike Colter has apologised for an insensitive comment he made in response to a video that showed Ariana Grande allegedly being "groped" by a bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral.
Ariana performed "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" at the funeral on Friday, August 31, and afterwards, as Bishop Charles H. Ellis III thanked her, he put his arm around her, holding her tightly, while resting his hand against the right side of her chest.
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah posted a video of the incident and called attention to the bishop's behaviour, tweeting, "What was up with that pastors hand?"
And in response to Noah, the star of Netflix show "Luke Cage" wrote: "Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!'", adding a series of laughing emojis.
His comment caused uproar online, and on Sunday, Colter apologised for the tweet, which has now been deleted, claiming that it was meant as "complete and biting sarcasm."
"Hello all. I apologize about my tweet earlier. In no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such," he reportedly tweeted, adding, "I was at an event all day. Sorry for the delay." Those tweets have also been deleted.
“Hello all. I apologize about my tweet earlier. In no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such. I was at an event all day. Sorry for the delay” pic.twitter.com/VMnw247eQk— 👸🏽✨Nicola✨👸🏽 (@nikangel39) September 2, 2018
The bishop has also apologised for his behaviour towards the 25-year-old singer during the service.
"It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast. ... I don't know I guess I put my arm around her," he said during an interview with the Associated Press on Friday. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize."
Ariana is yet to comment on the incident.