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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood addresses rape comment backlash

There were calls for the judge to step down from family show

Craig Revel Horwood has apologised for his controversial comments about a TV rape scene.

Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno TonioliThe Strictly judge landed himself in hot water after making the outrageous statement on a TV show.

He was appearing as a panellist on Channel 4 funny 8 Out Of 10 Cats when he admitting to liking a RAPE scene in TV show Game Of Thrones.

You cannot have someone glibly talking about rape like this.
Craig Revel Horwood
Abuse charity Enough Abuse UK called for him to be sacked from his role on the dancing show.

Craig made the shocking comment after host Jimmy Carr asked the former dancer if he watched the Sky Atlantic drama.

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He replied: "No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that's when I switched off.

"I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end."

Irish actress Aisling Bea, who was on his team, looked horrified at his rape statement and replied to his comment about getting bored:

"When they weren't raping anyone? Am I the only one who heard that? she said. "What world are we living in? Oh Trump's world, fine keep going."

Comedian Katherine Ryan also looked appalled, however the audience clapped - and then Craig and the other panellists joined in.

Marilyn Hawes, founder of the charity, said she was left feeling "absolutely disgusted" by the controversial comment on the More4 show this week.

"Craig's comments are deeply disrespectful," she stated. "Rape is the most devastating and vile crime.

"I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, which is a family show.

"His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I'm absolutely disgusted.

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"You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him.

"When you are in such a high-profile position you cannot afford to make comments like this.

"You cannot have someone glibly talking about rape like this, it's jaw-droppingly awful."

Craig has now said: “I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by my comments.