Kelly Brook appeared on This Morning today to discuss her new memoir, addressing two separate incidents when she punched ex-boyfriends Jason Statham and Danny Cipriani.
“In my defence, I don’t think he felt it,” she said when probed about the altercation with Statham. “This is Jason we’re talking about; he’s a martial arts expert.”
Men’s domestic abuse charity ManKind had previously voiced its disappointment at reactions to the news, arguing that there would have been a public backlash had the gender roles been reversed.
“It’s true, I did both of these things,” Brook said. “I’m not saying I’m an angel or that the things I’ve done are right, I’m not saying that’s the right thing to do at all. But I guess I get some of that fiery passion from my parents. I’m not going to make a habit of doing that in the future. I’m just going to pick more wisely with the men I be with.”
Presenter Phillip Schofield then questions the model about the reactions of her fiancé, David McIntosh, adding “maybe he’ll know when to duck”.
“These are big men I'm going out with - I mean look at me - I'm not going to do them any damage!” she quipped.
The interview prompted numerous Twitter followers to criticise Brook’s treatment of the issue.
One in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, compared to one in four women. Every third victim of domestic violence is a man.
Am I reading this right? Kelly Brook admits to hitting boyfriends, &laughs about it on TV. Would be a diff story if a man hitting a woman!!; Claire (@Claire_xx_) September 8, 2014
@IAMKELLYBROOK Domestic violence is no laughing matter.; n/a (@Gazalias) September 8, 2014
Kelly brook's admitted she hits her boyfriends. Domestic violence is wrong. What ever happened to happy marriages. I must be old fashioned; lolly (@glitterlollipop) September 8, 2014
Er, why is it ok for Kelly Brook to punch her partners in the face? Because she's a woman?; Victoria (@Victoria1867) September 8, 2014
Kelly Brook says it's okay to hit men as long as they're bigger than you. I wonder how she'd feel if a shorter man hit her...; SHANE REACTION (@MrShaneReaction) September 8, 2014
Sandra Horley, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, stressed that abuse of either gender should not be tolerated, although asserted that victims are still predominantly women.
“Domestic violence is always unacceptable,” said Horley. “Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner.Reuse content