Wesley Snipes denies claims he tried to "strangle" Blade: Trinity director

Dan Seddon
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Wesley Snipes has refuted claims that he attempted to "strangle" director David S Goyer during the making of Blade: Trinity.

Released in 2004, the franchise's third entry proved to be Snipes' swansong as the vampire hunter, as double-Oscar winner Mahershala Ali was cast in the upcoming MCU reboot last year.

The 58-year-old recently sat down with The Guardian, where his Trinity co-star Patton Oswalt's claims were brought up.

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"Let me tell you one thing. If I had tried to strangle David Goyer, you probably wouldn't be talking to me now," he stated.

"A Black guy with muscles strangling the director of a movie is going to jail, I guarantee you. Did I go to jail for strangling him? Never happened."

Snipes went on to suggest that he didn't know Oswalt very well, who portrayed a character named Hedges in the movie, and that he thinks there is a widespread 'predisposition' to believe white people, with this being a key part of the story.

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"Once again, Mr Oswalt is the authority. Hohoho!" added Snipes. "Why do people believe this guy's version of this story? Answer me that. This is part of the challenges that we as African-Americans face here in America – these microaggressions.

"The presumption that one white guy can make a statement and that statement stands as true! Why would people believe his version is true? Because they are predisposed to believing the Black guy is always the problem.

"And all it takes is one person, Mr Oswalt, who I really don't know. I can barely remember him on the set, but it's fascinating that his statement alone was enough to make people go: 'Yeah, you know Snipes has got a problem.'"

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