A charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse has said it is “extremely disappointed” at the absence of backlash towards Kelly Brook, following recent revelations that she punched two of her ex-boyfriends.
She hit Cipriani after he gave his number to a lapdancer and Statham after he embarrassed her at the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, says that, had the genders been reversed, public reactions may have been different.
“I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be,” Brooks told The Independent.
“It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment. Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same.”
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.
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.
“While both women and men can experience domestic violence, the majority of incidents are perpetrated by men against women. 89% of victims of domestic violence who report four or more separate incidents of abuse are women. Research shows that domestic violence perpetrated against women is also more serious and life threatening. Female victims are five times as likely to fear for their lives as male victims.”
Brook recalled the altercation at Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas.
“As I headed back to the table, I saw Danny walking towards me. ‘Babe,’ he said, ‘I’ve been looking for you!’ I punched him straight in the face!” she wrote.
“At that point, four bouncers leaped on me. They picked me up like the crazy, drunk, betrayed woman I was. It had all gone very Jerry Springer.”
The row with Statham took place in 2000 after a conversation that the actor had with Gwyneth Paltrow.
“He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: ‘Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!’ He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face,” she wrote.