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Fifty Shades stars hit out at domestic abuse claims

By Laura Harding

The stars of Fifty Shades Darker have dismissed accusations the film glamorises domestic violence, with actress Dakota Johnson claiming critics would actually be inspired by her character.

The follow-up to Fifty Shades Of Grey sees Jamie Dornan and Johnson return as billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the woman he introduces to his obsession with bondage.

The films, and books by EL James they're based on, were accused of normalising abuse as campaigners protested outside the film's UK premiere.

However, Johnson said her character was not a victim.

"I think if those people were to see the film they would see that Anastasia is an incredibly empowered young woman and everything she does is of her own volition," she said. "I think they would feel a little bit inspired."

Dornan added: "The biggest part of S&M is boundaries, having a safe word, that's what that is. People only do it because they want to, nobody forces you into it. It's consensual and that should close that argument."

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