Jason Momoa Apologizes For Joking About Raping Beautiful Women
The 38-year-old actor has said sorry "with a heavy heart" for the "tasteless comment" he made while speaking on a Comic-Con panel in 2011, after a clip resurfaced online.
Jason played Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy series.
Speaking about switching between sci-fi and fantasy genres at the event, he said at the time, "But 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."
But Jason — whose character Khal raped Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, in the show — is now apologetic about the remarks.
He wrote 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.
"I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks to 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.
"I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologize with a heavy heart for the words I said.
"All apologies, Jason."
Jason's comment was greeted with laughter by many of the Comic-Con crowd, but a few of his co-stars were seen putting their hands to their faces.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star previously described shooting the uncomfortable scene.
He said, "Yeah, I'm raping Emilia. I love her, but I'm hurting her and she's crying.
"We could have made it longer, but you get the idea.
"I'm not a rapist! I prefer my women to enjoy sex."
Despite his apology, many women have lashed out at the star on social media.
Jason Momoa was too fine & perfectknew there had to be something wrong. But damn it! pic.twitter.com/5OnwOjB91cPettywise (@Mrknowitalll_) October 12, 2017
Everyone laughing after Jason Momoa jokes about rape IS rape culture. That laughter is why victims don't come forward.Meg Ahsens (@MegAhsens) October 12, 2017
*crosses Jason Momoa off list* pic.twitter.com/SjhgGs2wB9perspiration ting. (@heyalyshahey) October 12, 2017
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