Axed Emmerdale actress Shila Iqbal hits out at show bosses over sacking

‘I was remorseful, and I think that should have been taken into account with my young age and the fact that I wasn’t a professional actor at that age.’

She claimed there was ‘no malice’ in her words and said she now fears for her future, having said she has suffered panic attacks since the incident.

Shila also said that she had been offered no support after the sacking.

However, a spokesperson for the show told that they had made every effort to offer assistance where needed.

‘We offered Shila Iqbal support when this situation happened,’ they said. ‘We asked her if there was anyone we could contact who could come in and support her, a relative or friend. We also said she could call any of us at any time. She repeatedly said she was fine and didn’t want any help.

‘We also immediately contacted her agent who offered her advice and support.’

The star was fired after posting a series of racist tweets in 2013, when she was 18 and attending college in Rochdale.

Shila has since deleted her Twitter account but confirms that she was 18 at the time of tweeting.

She has issued a statement saying: ‘I am terribly sorry and take full responsibility for my use of such inappropriate language. I have paid the price and can no longer continue the job I loved the most at Emmerdale. Although I was young when I made the Tweets, it was still completely wrong of me to do so and I sincerely apologise.

‘The only consideration I would ask is that I have recently received hateful tweets telling me that as a Muslim my Emmerdale role means that I am ‘committing sinful acts, promoting sin and deliberately going against the Quran’…

‘We live in sensitive times for members of all communities and especially those in multi-racial Rochdale where I grew up.

‘I regret that I too have let people down by the use of such language, albeit six years ago. I, like everyone else, have a responsibility about the language I have used on social media as well as in conversation.’

Aiesha’s final scenes will air in the coming week.

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