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Actor Stephen Fry sorry for upsetting abuse victims

By Lorna cooper

Published 15/04/2016

Apology: Stephen Fry
Apology: Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has unreservedly apologised for remarks that appeared to suggest survivors of sexual abuse should "grow up".

The actor and broadcaster, who is also president of mental health charity Mind, came under fire for comments made during US talk show The Rubin Report.

In a statement on the Mind website he said: "It distresses me greatly to think that I have upset anyone in the course of the TV interview I had with David Rubin the other week. I of course apologise unreservedly for hurting feelings the way I did. That was never my purpose.

"There are few experiences more terrible, traumatic and horrifying than rape and abuse and if I gave the impression that I belittled those crimes and the effects they have on their victims then I am so, so sorry.

"It seems I must have utterly failed to get across what I was actually trying to say."

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