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Nguyen apologises for mocking disabled man

Dee Nguyen
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Dee Nguyen has issued a public apology after she mocked a disabled man in one of her TikTok videos.

In the clip Nguyen, 28, can be seen scrolling through the app until comes across a man asking her to ‘go dancing’.

The former Geordie Shore star then shows the footage to the camera to reveal the man in question is in a wheelchair and appears to find it funny.

After the incident, quadriplegic artist and podcaster Kyle Montgomery – who appeared in the clip – reposted the video on his Instagram account.

Now the video has gone viral Nguyen has said sorry for her behaviour.

She said: 'A few weeks ago I made that stupid TikTok video... when I came across Kyle's profile, he responded to one of my prompts saying that he wanted to go dance with me,' she said.

'I scroll down, I saw that he was in a wheelchair - there's nothing wrong with that, by the way - I scroll down and I listen to one of his voice prompts that said, "If you're not a fan of fucked-up, dark humour, then we probably won’t get along.

'Obviously, I thought that it was punny [a funny pun] and I didn't mean to post that video in a way that was mocking him.

'So when he reached out saying he was thoroughly upset, I personally DM'd him and said I was sorry.'

Nguyen then shared a screenshot showing a message she sent to Montgomery where she apologised for the clip and stating she was not being ‘malicious’.

'I didn't realise the impact of my video, and the extent of hurt that Kyle felt and I was genuinely remorseful for it,' she added.

'I don't like hurting people and it wasn't my intention.'

The reality TV star went on to say Montgomery told her he was ‘extremely frustrated’ by her lack of self-awareness.

Nguyen continued: 'Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart I am sorry, Kyle. I'm sorry to the whole disabled community for any hurt or upset that you've felt by my video.

'I'm still learning as a human - obviously I have a lot of learning to do. 

'I hope that you can forgive me, and I hope that we can meet up for coffee or have a Zoom chat so I can be more understanding and learn more about you and your struggles and what the community goes through.' 

Dee Nguyen was axed by MTV’s The Challenge in June 2020 after she made 'offensive comments' about the Black Lives Matter movement.