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Model apologises but defends racist tweet

Model Jessica Leandra dos Santos apologised on her blog for lashing out by using inapproprate language.

Model Jessica Leandra dos Santos

JOHANNESBURG - A South African model caused a storm on Twitter on Friday morning, after she posted a racist tweet and then attempted to defend it.

Jessica Leandra dos Santos, who was last year's FHM competition winner, posted an update using the 'k-word' after a confrontation with a black man in a supermarket.

Her tweet read, "Just, well took on a on arrogant and disrespectful k* [full word used] inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have."

When confronted by disbelieving followers, she first replied with, " @Hypress, @jesslevitt Tweeted with anger after an incident last night. Forget it pls [please], I dnt [don't] stand still against sexual harassment, that's all."

Dos Santos later tweeted, "Would u [you] all stop! These are the kinds of people that land up raping young girls of our country! I wasn't going to let him get away with it."

On Friday morning, the model subsequently apologised on her blog.

Columnist and social activist Mabine Seabe said he has already laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission.

Supplement company Quick Trim SA has ended their sponsorship deal with her.

The company said its sponsorship was withdrawn with immediate effect.

FHM magazine has deleted all her images from its website.

The magazine's editor Brendan Cooper said they were appalled by Dos Santos' "moronic" and "racist" tweet.

"It is very important for us to note that she does not represent our magazine or brand."

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