Craig Revel Horwood says sorry over rape comment

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Craig Revel Horwood has apologised for his controversial comments about the rape scenes in Game Of Thrones.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge sparked criticism while talking about the hit TV series, known for its scenes of sex and violence.

He made the comments while appearing on Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli
Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

When host Jimmy Carr asked whether he watched the fantasy drama, Craig 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 also on the panel, commented: "Am I the only one who heard that? What world are we living in? Oh, (Donald) Trump's world, it's fine, keep going."

Craig said: "I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by my comments."

Marilyn Hawes, founder of the charity Enough Abuse UK, questioned whether Craig should still be on a family show like Strictly following his comments.

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood (BBC)

"Craig's comments are deeply disrespectful," she said.

"Rape is the most devastating and vile crime and I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel."