The actor Isaiah Washington used Twitter to rekindle a fight with the former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star, Katherine Heigl, 13 years after he was fired from the hit television drama following an incident in which he allegedly used a homophobic slur against one of his co-workers.
Posting a photo of the actress, Washington, 57, wrote: “This woman once proclaimed that ‘I should never’ be allowed to speak in public again. The world agreed and protested my work and my head in 65 languages. I wish I had been on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my freedom of expression. “
“I have learned that no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity. Some call it living according to your principles, “he added in his message posted on the social network.
Then a user asked him why he would mention this after 10 years, to which he replied “Because it is the TRUTH. End”.
Their feud began in 2007 after Washington allegedly used a homophobic slur to refer to his co-star TR Knight during a backstage discussion with Patrick Dempsey, one of the show’s stars. Washington apologized, but later denied saying so.
In the press room at the 2007 Golden Globes, Washington referred to a rumor that he used a derogatory term against his partner: “It never happened.”
Asked about the fact, Heigl told Access Hollywood at the time: “I’m going to be really honest, he just shouldn’t speak in public. Sorry, needless to say, I don’t agree with that.“.
Washington apologized for the incident in a statement to the magazine. People in October 2006 when he said: “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on set.”
The behind-the-scenes scandal prompted Washington’s departure from the hit ABC series.
A source close to Heigl, 41, told Page Six Tuesday she stands up for what she said. “Katherine stood up for her close friend when Isaiah insulted him,” adding: “That is hate speech, not freedom of speech. She is proud to have stood up for it. Katherine is and always will be a defender and ally of the LGBTQ community ”.
Meanwhile, the actress had her own controversial exit from the series in 2010 after she withdrew her name from the list of nominees for the Emmy Awards on the grounds that her character had lost presence in fiction. “I didn’t feel like I was given the material this season to deserve an Emmy nomination,” the star said in 2008. “Also, I didn’t want to take an opportunity away from another colleague.” She never again appeared on the set of the show that launched her to fame.
The drama continued between Heigl and the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes. In 2014, while talking about her show “Scandal,” Rhimes said: “I can’t stand unpleasant people. I do not have time for that “.
Upon hearing Rhimes’s comments, Heigl replied: “I’m sorry you were left with such a horrible impression of me. I wish I could do something to change that. Maybe one day i can “.
The former doctor Izzie Stevens in “Grey’s Anatomy” has also become famous for her bad manners with her co-workers. After leaving the program, she boycotted the promotion of “Slightly pregnant” criticizing the machismo of the film and ended up fighting with Seth Rogen, his partner in the film, and with the director, Judd Apatow.