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WATCH: Jeremy Renner addresses Black Widow 'slut' comments - 'I was talking about a fictional character, fictional behaviour'

Published 05/05/2015 | 14:25

Jeremy Renner on Conan
Jeremy Renner on Conan

Jeremy Renner has addressed comments in which he called the female Avengers character Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow a "slut".

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The star, who plays Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron opposite Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), made the comments during an interview with DigitalSpy last week.

The comments drew criticism online, as did those of fellow Avengers star Chris Evans who referred to Black Widow as a "whore".

They made the comments after they were asked about the on-screen romance between Black Widow and Hulk given she had previously been linked to Hawkeye and Captain America.

However, both Renner and Evans issued statements apologising afterwards and in an interview with Conan O'Brien on Monday night, Renner addressed the issue again.

“It was a joke, off-colored, whatever, but yeah, I’m apologetic about a lot of things,” he said . “But yeah, I got in a lot of Internet trouble. I guess that’s a thing now.”

He added, “I was asked the question like, so Black Widow’s been linked to Hawkeye, Iron Man, Bruce Banner, and Captain America, so what do you think about that.

"Well, I said, ‘It sounds like she’s a slut.’ Now, mind you, I was talking about a fictional character and fictional behavior, but Conan if you slept with four of the six Avengers, no matter how much fun you had, you’d be a slut.”

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