Riverdale‘s Charles Melton Apologizes After Fat-Shaming Tweets Surface

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Charles Melton quickly became a fan-favorite when he took over the role of Reggie Mantle on Riverdale after Ross Butler had to drop out because of 13 Reasons Why‘s success. The 27-year-old found himself at the center of a scandal earlier this week, however, when old fat-shaming tweets surfaced online.

The tweets, which were sent between 2011 and 2012, were super offensive and said things like, “Fat chicks need to understand that wearing yoga pants is a privilege, not a right” and “Don’t tease fat kids, they already have enough on their plates.”

Fans slammed the actor for his disgusting words, causing him to issue an apology.

“I’m truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt,” said in a statement to Us Weekly. “What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior. I’m striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable.”

Last August, Riverdale co-star KJ Apa allegedly liked an offensive comment on Instagram that said, “Making fun of fat people is the only thing that’s gonna stop those useless bags of sh*t dying a fat early death.”