A clip of a well-known television and film actor’s distasteful comment during a panel discussion is making the rounds again as Hollywood is reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The clip, which you can watch below, shows actor Jason Momoa talking about his role on “Game of Thrones,” and joking that one thing he liked about it was that he got to “rape beautiful women.” The clip was recorded during a panel discussion for “Game of Thrones” at Comic-Con in 2011, with Emilia Clarke seated next to him.
Momoa’s character rapes Clarke’s character in the HBO series. The actor, who is featured as Aquaman in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “Justice League,” has talked publicly in the past about his discomfort with the rape scene.
Momoa released a statement apologizing for the incident after the clip resurfaced. Posted on Instagram, the message reads:
“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. 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.
“All apologies, Jason.”
Here’s the clip of Momoa from 2011 …