Actor John Cusack has blamed a "bot" for a social media post that has been criticised as anti-Semitic.
Actor John Cusack is apologising for tweeting an anti-Semitic cartoon and quotation after defending the post, then deleting it.
The image showed a blue Star of David above a hand pushing down on a group of people accompanied by a quote frequently misattributed to the philosopher Voltaire: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise."
Cusack added, "Follow the money."
The quotation is a reworking of one from American white nationalist and Holocaust denier Kevin Alfred Strom.
Cusack initially defended the tweet against social media critics, accusing Israel of atrocities against Palestinians.
He then blamed a "bot" for the post before deleting it.
Screenshots of the tweet before it was deleted were captured by social media users.
"Made a mistake retweeting that - as I said - and sorry," he later tweeted.
He clarified his position in a tweet, saying: "it's clear that even if it was Israel's flag & even if you don't have antisemitic bone in your body, it is still an antisemitic cartoon."