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Actor David James apologises over K-word claim

Actor David James has issued an apology for using the K-word on his co-star Brenda Ngxoli on a film set back in 2017. In an exclusive with The South African, the screen and theatre star claims the comment was initially made as “mutual banter.

David James

Earlier this week, Brenda accused David of making the racial slur during production of Apartheid-era film Sew the Winter to My Skin. She also alleges that her remuneration for the film was “delayed” after she complained about the incident. In a statement to The South African via his agent Carlynn de Waal-Smit, David James apologised for using the racial slur on Brenda Ngxoli.

The full statement reads as follows:

“I met Brenda Ngxoli for the first time in 2017 on a feature film production. Even before meeting her, I was familiar with her work. I have always had the greatest respect and admiration for her as an award-winning professional actress.

“Travelling back from set one night, we were engaged in a discussion in the cast vehicle about the political era and setting of the script, our respective characters, and together, we reflected on racial epithets.

“The next morning, there was mutual banter between Ms Ngxoli and me, both of us using some of these pejorative phrases (which included the K word) in mutual understanding of our facetiousness.

Brenda Ngxoli

David James claims a meeting was then called to address the complaints by Brenda Ngxoli.

He continued: “The meeting included the producer, director, assistant director, Ms Ngxoli and myself. After a comprehensive discussion surrounding the specific events I related above, I realised that my conduct was seen as being offensive and inappropriate.

“I immediately and unreservedly apologised to Ms Ngxoli and the producers. After the discussion, Ms Ngxoli and I shook hands, and I apologised once again for the hurt that she had felt. I have a comprehensive record of the notes taken at this meeting. I have no doubt Ms Ngxoli also has copies.

Brenda Ngxoli

David stated that after the apology, he believed that he and Brenda had parted ways on “amicable terms.”

He continued: “I have not had any contact with Ms Ngxoli since then.

“I deeply regret any hurt that Ms Ngxoli felt. I am sorry that this regrettable incident still haunts her seven years later. I state unequivocally that I invite any further investigation of this incident by any competent authority, including the Human Rights Commission.

Brenda Ngxoli

“I would support every effort to ventilate this matter again thoroughly.”

In posts on Instagram and X, Brenda Ngxoli detailed how she was allegedly racially abused by her film co-star, David James.

The incident reportedly occurred on set during the filming of the 2018 movie Sew the Winter to My Skin.

She shared: “When shooting this film, I was called K**ir meit by a fellow white actor….David James is his name.”

Defending her decision to speak out many later, she added: “I still remember. I stood alone then as I cried on set.

“Even today, I’m still standing for my truth”.

Source: The southafrican

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