'I have only myself to blame': Louis Smith reveals he's had death threats from jihadists as he apologises for mocking Muslims in drunken video
Louis Smith has revealed that he received death threats from Jihadi supporters after a video emerged of him drunkenly mocking Muslims at a friend's wedding.
Apologising for his actions - which saw himself and fellow gymnast Luke Carson ridicule the way in which Muslims pray - the 27-year-old Olympian confessed that he now fears for his life.
Speaking to The Mirror, the gold medal winner explained his social media accounts had been spammed with pictures of weapons and threatening messages that have forced him to go to the police.
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Under fire: Louis Smith has revealed that he received death threats from Jihadi supporters after a video emerged of him drunkenly mocking Muslims at a friend's wedding
He explained: 'I’m not scared, just cautious and stressed. If it was just me in the line of fire I could deal with it but friends and family are a whole different ball game.
'I have to take the abuse because I was the one that messed up. I have only myself to blame.'
He continued: 'I’ve worked my whole career to make people proud of me and I’m ashamed to have let everyone down. People who don’t know me will see this video and think I’m a racist. The truth is I’m not.'
Moving on: Louis apologised for his actions - which saw himself and fellow gymnast Luke Carson ridicule the way in which Muslims pray in a drunken video
His comments came after he made a public apology on Instagram on Monday, when he claimed he'd learnt a 'valuable life lesson'.
He wrote in a post: 'I am deeply sorry for the recent video you may have seen. I am not defending myself, what I did was wrong.
'I want to say sorry for the deep offense I have caused and to my family who have also been affected by my thoughtless actions.
'I recognise the severity of my mistake and hope it can be used as an example of how important it is to respect others at all times.
'I have learnt a valuable life lesson and I wholeheartedly apologise.'
Fall from grace: The gold medal winner said his social media accounts had been spammed with pictures of weapons and threatening messages that have forced him to go to the police
Partner: Luke Carson was also filmed mocking Muslims in the video footage
He made his apology after The Sun obtained footage of Louis and Luke, who drunkenly pretended to pray shouting 'Allahu Akbar'.
The Team GB star is seen in his own footage standing beside his friend Luke Carson, who can be heard yelling 'God is the greatest' while kneeling on a rug.
Luke, who had to retire from competitive gymnastics after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow following a long battle against injury, is captured taking a large rug off the wall.
Louis' selfie-mode recording shows his pal then kneels on the carpet to bow in a mock worship.
The two then start to howl indecipherable cries, as both appear to have been drinking.
Taking it on the chin: Louis explained he 'had to take the abuse' because it was his mistake
Louis apparently shot the video during a friend's hotel wedding party, and it has been widely shared online.
Towards the end of the clip an elderly woman at the wedding walks towards Luke, telling him he is 'taking the p***, actually'.
But Louis responds: 'No, no he's not, he's doing his six o'clock prayers.'
Luke then cries: 'The prophet Mohammed', before Louis says: 'Sixty virgins', as the pair continue their antics despite being told they are 'not funny' by the guest.
Regrets: The star explained he was 'ashamed' to have 'let people down'
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