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Warner Bros will stand by Jason Momoa after rape joke

Warning: This article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find distressing.

Justice League star Jason Momoa’s prominence in the DC Universe is apparently safe despite a recent controversy over a rape joke.

In the aftermath of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, video from 2011 resurfaced of Momoa joking about how his Game of Thrones character Khal Drogo got to “rape beautiful women” without repercussion.

Momoa subsequently released a public apology, acknowledging that he remains “severely disappointed in” himself for making such a joke all these years later.

“I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day,” Momoa said. “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 apologise with a heavy heart for the words I said.”

That public apology was sufficient enough that Warner Bros is not currently having discussions about pulling Momoa from the upcoming Justice League press tour, according to Deadline.

His co-star Ben Affleck has also publicly apologised this week for a resurfaced 2003 interview in which he appears to grab former Total Request Live presenter Hilarie Burton.

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologise,” Affleck tweeted on Wednesday (October 11).

A second video, which was filmed 13 years ago, also appeared to show Affleck getting smutty on Canadian TV, but the presenter of that programme has since come to the Batman actor’s defence.

Justice League opens in cinemas on November 17.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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