Entries in Rape (3)


Daniel Tosh Apologizes for Rape 'Joke'

Michael Schwartz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After denigrating a female audience member who spoke out against rape jokes in his routine, comedian Daniel Tosh issued a mea culpa on his Twitter account Tuesday to clear the air.

"All the out of context misquotes aside, I'd like to sincerely apologize," Tosh said. Next to his apology, he posted a link to a blog entry written by the victimized woman's friend recounting her altercation with Tosh at his comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, Calif., July 6.

Tosh has a Comedy Central series called Tosh.0. The cable channel hasn't commented on the remarks.

During his act, Tosh made statements about rape jokes always being funny, which prompted the woman to yell out, "Actually, rape jokes are never funny!" according to the Tumblr "Cookies for Breakfast."

Her reaction triggered Tosh to comment about the audience member herself.

"Wouldn't it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now?" he said, according to the blog post. "Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her..."

The blog post written by the audience member's friend, entitled "So a Girl Walks into a Comedy Club…" gives the firsthand account from Tosh's female target "in her own words." According to the post, the woman said to her friend that she felt "provoked" when Tosh began to make light of rape.

The woman and her friend were stunned at Tosh's reaction to her call-out and left immediately after he made her the butt of his joke.

They were not refunded for the cost of their tickets, but instead provided with a pair of free tickets to come back and see another show at the famous Los Angeles comedy club, the blog post said.

Tosh followed up on his apology on Twitter, saying "The point I was making before I was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them."

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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Comparing Photo Shoots to Rape

MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp says he is "truly sorry" for comparing photo shoots to rape during an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

In the November issue of the magazine, the Pirates of the Caribbean star says he doesn't enjoy taking part in photo shoots because "[y]ou just feel like you're being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird...just weird, man...Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it's like -- you just feel dumb. It's just so stupid."

Soon after the comment was reported online, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network raised concerns, telling E! News that "being photographed in no way compares to rape."

On Wednesday, RAINN provided ABC News Radio with Depp’s apology, in which he stated, "I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling."

Depp continued, "I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."

RAINN says it accepts Depp's apology.

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'Austin Powers' Actor Convicted of Torture in Rape Case

Orange County Sheriff(LOS ANGELES) -- A man who appeared in the original Austin Powers film has been convicted of torturing a California woman in a 1990 gang rape case.

Forty-year-old Joseph Hyungmin Son, who played Dr. Evil’s henchman Random Task in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the case. He was already in custody in connection with an unrelated charge at the time of the arrest.

Son and another man were accused of dragging a 20-year-old woman into the back of a car, threatening her and raping her on Christmas Eve of 1990. Son also allegedly sexually abused the victim with a firearm before she was released naked in Compton, California.

Son will be sentenced on Sept. 19. He faces a maximum of 15 years to life in prison.

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