Now, the embattled actor says it was just fun. In his Facebook post, Randeep Hooda writes, "Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. He is so witty and this is one of the million other things he has said that made me crack up."
The 40-year-old Sarbjit star says his intentions have been misread: "But now, lo and behold, I'm being held responsible for instigating hate threats against a young girl, shockingly by the girl herself. That's absolutely untrue. That was never our intention and our tweets is not the source of all the hate she might be receiving."
Mr Hooda, who has been locked in arguments with journalists on Twitter over his quoting of the tweet, blamed the media for what he describes as 'attaching labels': "She wasn't tagged in his joke nor in my amusement. But some journalists, among others, are trying hard to give this all kinds of colours to malign us and prove their point. They want to attach labels to us to further their agendas. That's bullying and if you think you can bully us, you have another thing coming."
He also writes that Ms Kaur's 'voice is important' and denies charges of being insensitive to fallen soldiers.
Read Randeep Hooda's post here:
Mr Hooda, star of films such as Rang Rasiya and Highway, was last seen in Salman Khan's Sultan and is currently making a film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.