Love Island star Sherif Lanre has spoken out about the real reason he was removed from this season of the hit reality TV show.
The rugby player told The Irish Sun last night that he was kicked off the show for a derogatory comment he made, after he accidentally kicked fellow contestant Molly-Mae in the groin.
“I have never used the word before and I realise how insulting it is to women,” he told the newspaper.
“As someone raised by a strong and loving mother, I want to say that I would never intentionally offend women. I was completely wrong and I apologise.”
He claims that ITV removed him after he commented the term “c*** punt,” an offensive term with roots in domestic violence.
Sherif told the paper that he and Molly-Mae were play fighting in the unisex bathroom when he accidentally kicked her. Following the kick, Molly-Mae did not appear injured, and there was no negative feelings between the pair.
“I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards,” he said.
“She flinched and bent over to protect herself. Then she stood up and seemed fine and we started laughing about it.”
However, the chef said that he felt his departure stemmed from “racism” and “sexism.”
“I was the only black man in the villa and I was kicked out after ten days. In my opinion, what happened was unconscious racism,” he allegedly told the paper.
“There was, I felt, sexism. I feel I wouldn’t have been given that red card if I was a white woman.”
Since his departure, there have been a number of rumours circulating about why Sherif was kicked off the show.
Addressing them, Sherif told The Irish Sun: “I never masturbated in the villa and I’ve never taken cocaine so to say I was kicked out over that is ridiculous.”
“And I didn’t have a fight with Anton, I got along with him.”
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