It sent Twitter into meltdown earlier this week.
And just days after Judy Finnigan defended footballer rapist Ched Evans, her daughter Chloe Madeley has been dragged into the debacle.
Will it ever end?!
After defending her mum on the social networking site, the 27-year-old was bombarded by vile tweets, some of which actually wished rape on her.
NOT COOL, GUYS.
Chloe set out to try and explain her mother’s Loose Women comments on Tuesday, writing: “While I respect the opinions of those saying my mother was ‘right’, I feel I must clear something up…
“My mother was voicing an opinion on the matter of criminals being accepted back into society. The comments she made on the case in question were facts, not opinions.”
She added: “While it may anger some that the term ‘non-violent’ rap exists, unfortunately it does.
“To believe that my mother is pro ‘non violent rape’ is ridiculous and I am shocked that so many people have jumped to this conclusion.
“To the trolls wishing rape on me, stop, you are utterly pathetic.”
We *totally* agree – take a long, hard look at yourselves, trolls!
Fitness fanatic Chloe then went on to share some examples of the SICK, SICK messages she’d been receiving and let’s just say they weren’t very nice. At all.
Judy, 66, made her debut on Loose Women on Monday and said that Ched, a pro footballer who was convicted of raping a teenager, didn’t commit a “violent” crime.
Judy said: “He’s served his time. The rape and I am not, please, by any means minimising any kind of rape – but the rape was not violent. He didn’t cause any bodily harm to the person.”
Even if that was true (it’s not – all rape causes bodily harm), what about the emotional harm?
23-year-old Chet was sentenced to five years in 2012, and looks set to be released next week after serving just half of his sentence.
A petition calling for the footballer to not be given his job back at Sheffield United has since received over 100,000 signatures, but Judy feels that this isn’t appropriate.
Adding to her already controversial comments, she says: “It was unpleasant, in a hotel room, I believe, and she was – she had far too much to drink. And you know, that is reprehensible, but he has been convicted and he has served his time.
“Now when he comes out, what are we supposed to do? Just actually refuse to let him do his job? Again, even though he has already been punished?”
Ched was prosecuted when the jury ruled that the victim was far too drunk to consent to sex, with the girl saying that she had no memory of the incident.
Judy has since apologised for her comments (kind of) after Twitter basically imploded, saying in a statement:
“I apologise unreservedly for any offense that I may have caused as a result of the wording I used.”
Looks like Twitter’s not ready to accept the apology *just* yet.
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