Actor Wesley Snipes is denying claims by his Blade: Trinity costar Patton Oswalt that he “tried to strangle” director David S. Goyer while on the set of the film in 2004. Before the actor denied the claims, Oswalt’s allegations of misconduct on the set against Snipes were left unaddressed since a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club.

“Let me tell you one thing. If I had tried to strangle David Goyer, you probably wouldn’t be talking to me now,” said Snipes in an interview for The Guardian. “A black guy with muscles strangling the director of a movie is going to jail, I guarantee you.”

In 2012, Oswalt had told an interviewer that Snipes was “just f—ing crazy in a hilarious way” and called the production of Blade: Trinity “a very troubled production.” He added that Snipes would only communicate with the director through signed Post-it notes throughout the filming of the movie.

About Oswalt’s various claims, Snipes stated, “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.”

He elaborated, “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.”

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