Momoa gets old joke jolt

Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has apologised for a joke on raping "beautiful women" during a panel discussion in 2011.

  • Published 17.10.17
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Ouch! Jason Momoa

Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has apologised for a joke on raping "beautiful women" during a panel discussion in 2011.

Newly-discovered footage of the 38-year-old Hawaiian's comments during a Comic-Con panel discussion sparked fury in the wake of allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"But as far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone's tongue out of

their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women,"

he said. While it is not clear which of his co-actors were present on stage at the time from the crowd footage,

The Guardian reported cast members, including

Lena Headey, looked embarrassed.

However, the Justice League actor has since apologised for his comments. In a post on his official Instagram account, Momoa wrote: "I awoke in Australia to the justified reactions by many people to a distasteful joke I made years ago in Hall H for which I am sorry," he wrote.

"I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day. 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 apologize with a heavy heart for the words I said."

Momoa had filmed a rape scene with Emilia Clarke in the first season of the hit HBO drama. According to The Guardian, in another interview with the New York Post, Momoa said: "Yeah, I'm raping Emillia [Clarke]. I love her, but I'm hurting her and she's crying. We could have made it longer, but you get the idea. I'm not a rapist. I prefer my women to enjoy sex."

His comments has once again highlighted the show's penchant for violence against women and was met with a barrage of criticism online.

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