Luke Cage star apologises for Ariana Grande tweet

Marvel's Luke Cage star Mike Colter has apologised for a tweet in which he appeared to make light of an incident involving Ariana Grande.

After Grande performed at the late singer Aretha Franklin's funeral, the service officiator Bishop Charles H Ellis III put his arm around her while speaking to her.

Many believe that the bishop inappropriately touched Grande's breast and he has since apologised to the singer.

"It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast..." he said. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise."

Colter, who plays Luke in the Netflix superhero show, retweeted a screengrab of the moment and captioned it: "Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero FCKS!!"

Many of his followers expressed their anger at his tweet, which has since been deleted, and the actor has now shared a public apology too, saying that he intended the tweet to be sarcastic.

"Hello all. I apologize about my tweet earlier," he wrote. "In no way do I condone any such behavior.

"It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such. I was at an event all day. Sorry for the delay."

Grande has not spoken publicly about the incident yet but she's got a lot of backing, with the hashtag #RespectAriana being used more than 90,000 times on Twitter following the release of footage of her being touched by Ellis.

Colter is currently expecting his second daughter with his Netflix executive wife Iva, following the birth of their first child Naiella three years ago.