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January 19, 2019

‘Green Book’ producer’s 2015 tweet claims he saw Muslims cheering on 9/11

January 10, 2019
Nick Vallelonga at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

Nick Vallelonga, the producer and co-writer for the award-winning film “Green Book,” tweeted in 2015 that he saw “Muslims in Jersey City cheering” when the World Trade Center towers falling on 9/11.

The tweet, which was confirmed by Vallelonga’s manager, and the account behind it were deleted after his reps were contacted.

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“@realDonaldTrump 100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS News.”

The tweet from Vallelonga, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday, resurfaced Wednesday and appears to reference Trump’s baseless assertion that he had seen “thousands and thousands” of people in Jersey City cheering the towers’ tumult.

No video footage or credible news reports have ever corroborated those claims.

That sentiment appears to go against the philosophy of the film, which chronicles the true-life tale of famous African-American pianist Don Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, and his bigoted chauffeur who gradually become friends during a national two-month tour in the early 1960s.

“All we have to do is talk, and to not judge people by their differences, but look for what we have in common, and we have a lot in common,” said the “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly.

Vallelonga is the son of Frank (Tony Lip) Vallelonga, the chauffeur portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in the film.

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