Tom Hanks Son Apologizes For Using N-Word ‘I Wanted To Be Down’

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks’ son Chester Hanks has apologized following videos of the 28-year-old using the n-word in 2015 resurfacing online, Ebony reports.

Chester, also known by rap moniker Chet Haze, used the term both casually in conversation and within his music. At the time, Haze defended himself by saying he’s a part of hip hop culture, and therefore, should be allowed to use the term, according to The Jasmine Brand.

During a recent discussion on Van Lathan’s The Red Pill podcast, he admitted he was essentially “trolling” for attention and apologized. He also claims drugs played a factor.

“Number one, I was on a lot of drugs…I wanted to be, like, down, you know what I mean? I just felt like I wasn’t enough. Low-key, like subconsciously, looking back on it now I realize I was trolling. I thought, like, crazy antics and just wilding the f*ck out and doing some crazy sh*t was going to, like, spark my career.

“I did the ultimate lame thing. I did the ultimate cornball thing. And that sh*t wasn’t cool.”