Tila Tequila Removed From Celebrity Big Brother House Over Nazi Comments
Previous social media activity led Channel 5 to axe troubled star...
The 33-year-old model and TV personality was hastily pulled by broadcaster Channel 5 when it was brought to public attention that she had previously made approving comments about Hitler and posed in Nazi insignia.
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One particularly offensive image she shared in the past showed herself with a swastika armband, standing in front of a concentration camp and holding a pistol.
In a statement shared on Twitter, she said: "Back in 2013 I made a statement about Hitler not being a bad person, and immediately realized soon after that I had made a terrible mistake that would ultimately come back to haunt me.
"During that time I had been suffering from severe depression, and drug addiction for many years prior to that.
"I also attempted to commit suicide in 2012 and overdosed on prescription pills. I wanted to die. I felt worthless and unloved as that pain continued to grow causing me further to spiral out of control. Losing touch of myself and reality."
And she insisted that she has now turned her life around, adding: "Although I cannot do much to change my past mistakes now, I can however, try to make things right from this morning forward, and be the best person that I can be. I am in no way, shape or form a racist nor antisemitic and absolutely not 100% a Nazi supporter.
"It was a careless mistake I made in 2013 while suffering severe depression, drug addiction and (being) suicidal.
"That is not the woman I have grown up to be today, and the loving mother that I have become."
However that wasn't good enough for Channel 5 and she was removed from the house yesterday evening.
A statement said: "Unfortunately, Channel 5 and Endemol did not know about the views and attitudes Tila had expressed in social media postings prior to her involvement in Celebrity Big Brother.
"When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house.
"The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the programme was untenable."