Jason Momoa apologises for vile rape joke
“AS FAR as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women.”
It was 2011, and Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa was describing why he loved working on the show to an audience of fans at the San Diego Comic-Con.
The shocking moment was all but forgotten for years, but has gone viral online in recent days in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Momoa, who left Thrones in 2012 and went on to star in the Justice League franchise, has now broken his silence on the scandal in an emotional statement posted on Instagram.
“I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry,” Momoa said.
“I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day. I know my sincerest apology now won’t take away those hurtful words. Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends.”
He continued: “I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologise with a heavy heart for the words I said.”
Momoa is currently in Australia filming the new Aquaman movie.