CH­ERYL IN NEW RACE ROW FURY

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POP queen Ch­eryl has re­acted an­grily to sacked former L’Oreal trans­gen­der model Mun­roe Bergdorf for drag­ging her name into the race row which cost her job.

The 34-year-old Fight For This Love hit­maker who is also a L’Oreal am­bas­sador, said she is “dis­ap­pointed” to be in­volved in the row, which saw Mun­roe dropped by the cos­met­ics gi­ant over her state­ment that “all white peo­ple are racist”.

Fol­low­ing her dis­missal, the en­raged model stated she should not be sacked given the fact her co-star was not axed for her 2003 row with a toi­let at­ten­dant, which was deemed racially ag­gra­vated at the time, yet the charge was dis­missed.

Mun­roe made the head­lines last week after she was fired by L’Oreal Paris for a lengthy Face­book rant in which she fumed: “Hon­estly I don’t have en­ergy to talk about the racial vi­o­lence of white peo­ple any more. Yes ALL white peo­ple.”

She was the first trans woman to ap­pear in a L’Oreal Paris UK cam­paign when she was cast as part of a diver­sity ini­tia­tive. But the cos­met­ics gi­ant ter­mi­nated her con­tract after claim­ing the model was at odds with their val­ues of “diver­sity” and “tol­er­ance”.

Fol­low­ing the row, she told the BBC: “I shouldn’t be sacked for call­ing out racism when I was in a cam­paign that was meant to be cham­pi­oning diver­sity.

“Es­pe­cially when I was speak­ing about the vi­o­lence of white peo­ple. But they’ve got Ch­eryl Cole on the cam­paign and she was con­victed for punch­ing a black women in the face.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ch­eryl said yes­ter­day: ‘More than 14 years ago Ch­eryl was unan­i­mously ac­quit­ted of a charge of racially ag­gra­vated as­sault. She is dis­ap­pointed to find her name in­volved in Mun­roe Bergdorf’s me­dia in­ter­view.”

In 2003, Ch­eryl, then us­ing her name Ch­eryl Tweedy, was con­victed for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, where she was sen­tenced to 120 hours un­paid com­mu­nity ser­vice.

DIS­AP­POINTED: Ch­eryl

COM­MENTS: Mun­roe

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