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Hilary Duff publicly apologises for controversial Halloween costume

Gemma Strong

Hilary Duff and her boyfriend have publicly apologised for their controversial Halloween costumes. The pair made their debut as a couple on Friday night as they stepped out for the annual Casamigos Halloween Party, but they quickly came under fire; former Lizzie McGuire star Hilary wore a pilgrim top and hat, along with hot pants and fishnet tights, while Jason Walsh was dressed up as a Native American.

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Hilary Duff has aplogised for her choice of Halloween costume

Taking to Twitter, 29-year-old Hilary said she was "truly sorry" about the choice of outfit, which many found offensive. She wrote: "I am SO sorry to people I offended with my costume. It was not properly thought through and I am truly from the bottom of my heart sorry."

Jason, meanwhile, told his Instagram followers that he had "meant no disrespect" and apologised to anyone he had offended. "I only have admiration for the indigenous people of America," wrote the personal trainer, who wore face paint and a headdress as part of his costume. "In hindsight I would not have made that decision. I apologise to anyone I may have offended."

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The star told fans on Twitter that she was "truly sorry" 

A number of fans had commented that Hilary and Jason's choice of outfits were particularly inappropriate given the ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run across sacred burial grounds, and threatens the local water supply.  

Their apology comes after Australian actor Chris Hemsworth expressed his regret for once dressing up as a Native American at a New Year's Eve party, as he pledged his support to the pipeline protests.  

Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water. #nodapl #waterislife #mniwiconi @taikawaititi I would also like to take this opportunity to raise something that has been bothering me for sometime. Last New Year's Eve I was at a "Lone Ranger" themed party where some of us, myself included, wore the traditional dress of First Nations people. I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around this issue. I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action. I now appreciate that there is a great need for a deeper understanding of the complex and extensive issues facing indigenous communities. I hope that in highlighting my own ignorance I can help in some small way.
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Chris Hemsworth recently apologised for his decision to dress up as a Native American

"Standing with those who are fighting to protect their sacred land and water," he captioned an Instagram photo of himself as Thor on Saturday. The star then addressed the controversial costume he wore while attending the Lone Ranger-themed party last year.  

"I was stupidly unaware of the offence this may have caused and the sensitivity around the issue," he wrote. "I sincerely and unreservedly apologise to all First Nations people for this thoughtless action."

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