Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis released a statement denying that she is racist after a text featuring a monkey emoji she sent to a Black radio host and activist was leaked online.
"I've been quiet since all this started and told not to post anything but I can't stand it anymore," she wrote on her Instagram Stories. "Y'all have to know that this whole thing has been blown out of context. I'm freakin heartbroken and SO depressed because of the way I'm being portrayed is totally not true!!!"
She continued, "I use that emoji all the time bc it looks silly and awkward and that's my baseline. The account was anonymous I didn't even know who I was messaging??? And now I've been labeled all this crazy stuff and it's just not true. And it's not fair. And I see now that I'm back on IG that some**** people are thrilled to use this situation to come up on their own. Use for their own benefit."