Get Out star apologises for homophobic rap

Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield has issued an apology after he posted a clip of himself performing a freestyle rap which featured homophobic lyrics.

Stanfield shared the now-deleted clip, titled 'offensive freestyle', which contained the lyrics: "that's some gay shit" and "f*g, I don't really like to brag, but I'm straight, rich."

In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday (July 26), Stanfield tried to explain himself by saying he was 'in character' for the rap and it's not a character he shares values with.

"This character that you've seen is a character that I'm definitely not in line with and I definitely don't believe those things," Stanfield said.

"I've never been homophobic. Have never agreed with homophobic thought or hatred toward anyone for that matter.

"I'm a person that moves in love and I want to promote and continue to push that."

The actor, who also stars in Donald Glover's Atlanta, concluded by apologising for any hurt he may have caused.

"I apologise if I hurt anybody, sincerely," Stanfield added.

"That wasn't my intention — to be somebody that was out here just slinging arrows and hurting people, so I want them to know that I apologise that they had to feel sadness from that. So my sincerest apologies."

Stanfield will next be seen in the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl in the Spider's Web, and romantic comedy Someone Great opposite Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow.