Fast and Furious actor Tyrese Gibson has escalated his on-going feud with co-star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, threatening to quit the franchise if Johnson is involved with the upcoming ninth film.

On Wednesday (November 1st), the 38 year old star, known mononymously as Tyrese and who plays Roman Pearce in the Fast and Furious series, took to Instagram to issue an emotional ultimatum against Johnson.

Captioning a selfie of him, Johnson and fellow co-star Vin Diesel, he told “loyal fans and loved ones from OUR Fast universe” that he won't appear in the forthcoming ninth movie if Johnson is involved.

“I'm sorry to announce that if [Dwayne] is in Fast 9, there will no more Roman [Pearce]. You mess with family and my daughter’s survival I mess with yours.”

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He went on to refer to Johnson as a “clown” and a “selfish champ” in the rest of his post.

The bad blood between Tyrese and Johnson, who has played Luke Hobbs in the films since the fifth instalment, is linked to the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off that’s in the works for Johnson’s character and Jason Statham, which has pushed back filming for the ninth film of the main franchise and is due in cinemas in July 2019.

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Elsewhere, Gibson also posted a video the same day amid a custody battle with his ex-wife Norma over their 10 year old daughter, as she seeks a restraining order against him.

“Don’t take my baby please, don’t take my baby,” he said, fighting back tears. “This is all I got, this is all I got, this is all I got. Don't take my baby, OK? I’ve been away from my baby for two months. I just want my baby and no one’s listening because no one is in the court room.”

Gibson also bemoaned the legal fees he’s run up in the bitter custody battle, saying, “I'm at $13,000 a month, what more do you want from me?”, and asked his “millionaire” friends to help him. “I've been there for you, why aren't you there for me?”

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