• LaKeith Stanfield posted a lengthy apology Saturday over his involvement in a Clubhouse chat that turned anti-Semitic Wednesday
  • He acknowledged that he should have shut down or removed himself from the conversation after he was made moderator
  • Stanfield joined another chat moderated by a group of Jewish educators addressing the previous chat, a report says

LaKeith Stanfield has apologized for his involvement in an anti-Semitic chat on audio-based social media app Clubhouse Wednesday.

Stanfield took to Instagram early Saturday to post a lengthy apology for failing to "shut down" and "remove" himself from a Clubhouse room focusing on the teachings of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan after the conversation turned anti-Semitic.

"Yesterday I entered an online chat room on Clubhouse about the teachings of [controversial Nation of Islam leader] Louis Farrakhan. When the room's participants noticed me, I was quickly made a moderator of this room," he explained.

Participants of the alleged chat room made numerous anti-Semitic comments, including conspiracy theories about the Jewish people allegedly controlling the slave trade, The Daily Beast reported Friday. They also allegedly talked about Adolf Hitler positively.

The "Atlanta" star went on to acknowledge his mistake and condemn hate speech.

"At some point during the dialogue the discussion took a very negative turn when several users made abhorrent anti-Semitic statements and at that point, I should have either shut down the discussion or removed myself from it entirely," Stanfield wrote.

"I condemn hate speech and discriminatory views of every kind. I unconditionally apologize for what went on in that chat room, and for allowing my presence there to give a platform to hate speech. I am not an anti-Semite nor do I condone any of the beliefs discussed in that chat room," he continued.

Stanfield did not say anything considered anti-Semitic, multiple unnamed sources told The Daily Beast. He also joined another chat the following day moderated by a group of Jewish educators discussing the previous chat, the report said.

The "Get Out" star said he participated in various chats involving heightened emotional states and his conversation with the Jewish educators was enlightening.

"It's been very enlightening and interesting to me, I never really knew that this debate existed in this way about identity, the origins of Judaism in Jewishness, and how many different interpretations there are different things, whether or not it's a religion and ethno-religion or what it is a faith race," he wrote.

Clubhouse has been criticized since it launched in March 2020 for allegedly perpetuating racism, harassment and hate speech through its lack of moderation, Entertainment Weekly reported. It reportedly prohibits conversations from being recorded and reproduced, enabling participants to say things without fear of scrutiny, according to critics.

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Actor Lakeith Stanfield visits the Build Studio on Feb. 10, 2020 in New York City. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images