Wednesday 12 December 2018

Newstalk's George Hook issues apology over 'unacceptable' rape remarks

Newstalk show host George Hook Photo: David Conachy
Newstalk show host George Hook Photo: David Conachy
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Broadcaster George Hook has apologised for comments he made about rape on his radio show last Friday.

In a statement issued yesterday he acknowledged his comments were unacceptable and apologised for the offence and hurt they caused.

Mr Hook was the subject of much criticism when he spoke about the "responsibility of women" when discussing a 19-year-old woman in the UK who alleged she was raped by a former member of the British swimming team.

Yesterday he said: "I wish to apologise unreservedly for comments I made about rape on my radio programme on Newstalk. It was unacceptable to suggest in any way that blame could be attributed to victims of rape. I apologise for the comments which caused hurt and offence, and for this I am truly sorry."

Newstalk's managing editor Patricia Monahan said Mr Hook's comments were "totally wrong and inappropriate and should never have been made".

He had earlier been criticised by his colleague, Communicorp's group political editor Chris Donoghue. He said: "Someone needs to go to town on Hook. It's disgusting."

Discussing the rape case in the UK on his show, High Noon, last Friday, Mr Hook said there were a number of questions to be asked. The woman alleges that she was raped by the swimmer when he entered her room after she had consensual sex with his friend.

Mr Hook said: "Why does a girl who just meets a fella in a bar go back to a hotel room? She's only just barely met him. She has no idea of his health conditions, she has no idea who he is, no idea what dangers he might pose.

"But modern day social activity means that she goes back with him, then is surprised when somebody else comes into the room and rapes her. Should she be raped? Course she shouldn't. Is she entitled to say no? Absolutely. Is the guy who came in a scumbag? Certainly. Should he go to jail? Of course. All of those things."

He continued: "But is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger? You then of course read that she passed out on the toilet and when she woke up the guy was trying to rape her."

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