Danny DeVito defends Jeremy Corbyn amid anti-Semitism row

The veteran actor endorsed Mr Corbyn at the last general election.

Hollywood actor Danny DeVito has defended Jeremy Corbyn amid Labour’s ongoing anti-Semitism row and suggested events from his past have been “dug up” to make him “look bad”.

Mr Corbyn was criticised for attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Palestinian Martyrs’ Cemetery in Tunis in 2014.

The cemetery contains the graves of a number of the founders of the Black September terror group, which carried out the Munich massacre in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said he had attended a wreath-laying ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of a 1985 airstrike and to promote peace in the Middle East.

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Danny DeVito has dismissed criticism of Jeremy Corbyn (Ian West/PA Wire)

DeVito, 73, told the Press Association: “That’s the kind of thing that’s dug up by everybody to, ‘you know this guy is doing something that we don’t want and let’s figure out a way to make him look bad in front of everybody’.

“We all know that, that’s Hollywood, that’s the way it happens in Hollywood, the same way it happens in politics. You do something, people go, ‘oh, shit, let’s attack this guy for something that happened 25 years ago’.”

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has become embroiled in an anti-Semitism row (Nick Ansell/PA)

DeVito endorsed Mr Corbyn during the 2017 general election and said he is “absolutely” still a fan of the politician.

DeVito, a veteran actor known for starring in films including Twins and Matilda, warned if more “progressives” are not voted into office, “we are going to be in the shitter pretty soon”.

DeVito was speaking in Los Angeles at the season 13 premiere of the US sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, in which he stars.

Asked if it was difficult to keep the show funny after 13 years, DeVito said: “It’s not a challenge, I love doing it”.

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