Green Book di­rec­tor apol­o­gizes for pe­nis prank as Os­car vot­ing starts

The Ob­server story from 1998 re­ported that Far­relly ex­posed him­self ‘eas­ily 500 times’

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Peter Far­relly is­sued a state­ment to USA To­day on Wed­nes­day apol­o­giz­ing for his past be­hav­iour. “I was an id­iot.” It’s been a bad day for Green Book. Just three days after win­ning three Golden Globes, and as Hol­ly­wood be­gins choos­ing its Os­car nom­i­nees, the ac­claimed film be­came mired in a cou­ple of off-screen messes. One in­volves a past pe­nis prank by di­rec­tor Peter Far­relly and the other re­lates to a now-deleted in­flam­ma­tory tweet by screen­writer Nick Val­le­longa.

Sto­ries in Newsweek and The Ob­server from 1998 chron­i­cle di­rec­tor Peter Far­relly’s old habit of flash­ing his pe­nis as a prank have resur­faced, cour­tesy of The Cut. The Ob­server story says: “Peter ad­mits that after do­ing this trick ‘eas­ily 500 times’ he is now in a state of forced early re­tire­ment.”

Far­relly is­sued a state­ment to USA TO­DAY Wed­nes­day apol­o­giz­ing for his be­hav­iour. “True. I was an id­iot. I did this decades ago and I thought I was be­ing funny and the truth is I’m em­bar­rassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”

Hours later came a fresh Twit­ter fra­cas. Green Book screen­writer Val­le­longa, whose fa­ther, Frank “Tony Lip” Val­le­longa, was Dr. Don Shirley’s driver, came un­der fire for a 2015 tweet in which he sup­ports then-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump’s dis­cred­ited claim that Mus­lims in New Jersey were seen on TV cheer­ing the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.Val­le­longa has since deleted his Twit­ter ac­count.

The now-deleted tweet deemed Trump “100% cor­rect” in his false 9/11 as­ser­tion.

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