TV star Judy Finnigan has apologised after comments she made about convicted rapist Ched Evans on ITV’s Loose Women show prompted a Twitter backlash.
“I apologise unreservedly for any offence that I may have caused as a result of the wording I used,” said the former This Morning presenter.
Finnigan stoked viewers’ ire by saying the rape was “not violent”.
Evans has served half of a five-year sentence after being convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011.
Finnigan and her fellow Loose Women discussed his case on Monday following reports the 25-year-old footballer may return to Sheffield United following his release.
“If he does go back, he will have to brave an awful lot of comments,” said Finnigan during her debut appearance on the lunchtime programme.
“But, having said that, he has served his time, he’s served two years.
“The rape – and I am not, please, by any means minimising any kind of rape – but the rape was not violent, he didn’t cause any bodily harm to the person.
“It was unpleasant, in a hotel room I believe, and she [the victim] had far too much to drink.
“That is reprehensible but he has been convicted and he has served his time.”
In a statement issued later on Monday, Finnigan said: “I absolutely wasn’t suggesting that rape was anything other than an horrendous crime.
“As I said on the programme, I was in no way attempting to minimise the terrible ordeal that any woman suffers as a result.
“The point I was attempting to raise as part of the debate was what should happen to someone after they have committed a crime and …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment