Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ukip leadership contender apologises for claiming 'homosexual donkey tried to rape his horse'

Stock photo. Pic: Declan Doherty
Stock photo. Pic: Declan Doherty
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A candidate for the Ukip leadership has apologised for comments he made suggesting a homosexual donkey tried to rape his horse.

In 2014, John Rees-Evans responded to a question about whether gay men prefer having sex with animals by saying: "Actually, I’ve witnessed that.

"I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. And a donkey came up…which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.”

Speaking on BBC's Daily Politics Show, Mr Rees-Evans admitted that the comment was a "mistake" and described the incident as "playful banter."

He said: "It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist, I would be so appreciative if you could please just understand the concept that I am trying to communicate to your viewers."

Mr Rees-Evans added: "No, I concede it was mistake to be playful with an activist in the street. The fact is I'm not a politician ... it was an error of judgement ... I'm sorry if I offended anyone by doing that but please can we move on.""

Mr Rees-Evans is one of a number of candidates standing to take over leadership of Ukip.

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