TfL apologises for ‘homophobic abuse’ reported by Will Young

Transport for London (TfL) have pledged to investigate after Will Young claimed a bus driver called him a “poofter” while he was driving through Fulham.

Mr Young took to Twitter to appeal for help in tracking the driver down.

TfL has since apologised and reiterated that any form of hate crime is “completely unacceptable” and would “not be tolerated”.

The musician used the social media platform to recount the incident yesterday.

He said: “Homosphobic (sic) abuse from a TfL bus driver calling me a poofter.

“Reported it ten minutes after it happened and TfL have been amazing.”

He added: “To be called a poofter isn’t the nicest thing and it reminds me of what a vile thing prejudicial language is to try and shame others. I can take actions, many young people can’t.”

However, it is understood no footage can be found of the incident which happened December 12.

Chief executive Steve Burton told the BBC: “We’re very sorry to hear of Will Young’s experience, and are looking into it urgently.

“Everyone has the right to travel without fear of abuse or intimidation and if anyone witnesses or is victim to hate crime they should report it immediately.”

Mr Young called on Sadiq Khan to help find the driver “to ensure he doesn’t abuse others.”

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