The Flash actor Hartley Sawyer has been sacked after a number of offensive and violent tweets shared from his personal Twitter account were uncovered.
Racist, homophobic and misogynistic in content, the 35-year-old wrote the tweets before he joined The CW show as Ralph Dibny, Elongated Man, in 2017.
Though Sawyer’s Twitter account has since been deleted, screenshots of the derogatory posts were circulating on social media weeks prior to his sacking.
The firing comes amid global protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US, last month.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, one of the tweets, dating back to 2012, read: “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.”
Another, written in 2014, read: “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today.”
Several tweets referred to the sexual assault of women, with one reading: “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.”
And a 2012 tweet read: “As a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts.”
The CW executive producer Eric Wallace released a statement confirming Sawyer’s dismissal, which read: “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash.”
He continued: “In regards to Mr Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.
“Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
On Instagram, the actor issued an apology over the derogatory comments, saying: “My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable.
“I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior.
“These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.”