Punching ANYONE is wrong, Kelly Brook, but does a woman hitting a man make it less of an issue?
Kelly Brook has revealed that she PUNCHED two of her ex boyfriends in the FACE.
Chances are you haven’t heard about these shocking revelations though because apparently people don’t care if it’s a woman who beats a man up rather than the other way around.
In a newspaper serialisation from her upcoming autobiography Close Up, she makes the flippant remarks, in one instance joking that it was like a scene from Jerry Springer.
Talking about the night in 2009 when she lashed out at ex Danny at Spearmint Rhino club in Las Vegas for sneaking his phone number to a lap dancer, she writes: ‘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!
‘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.’
Kelly then continues to reveal that Danny Cipriani isn’t the only of her famous exes to be on the receiving end of her fists.
Following an argument on the dance floor at Madonna and Guy Ritchie‘s wedding, Kelly also gives a detailed account of how she gave Jason Statham a blow to the face too as he did a mock dance in front of Gwyneth Paltrow, and I’m unsure how we’re meant to feel?
Is the idea of a glamorous Kelly Brook physically assaulting these big muscular sports and movie stars meant to provoke humour? Are we meant to laugh as she proudly compares one of the incidents to the Jerry Springer show?
There are many things I’ve come to refer to the glamour model, TV presenter and actress Kelly Brook as over the years – and now it seems I can add abuser to my list.
As a male, I find this all both shocking and surprising.
Surprising how Kelly‘s comments are said so casually with no remorse; and also surprising at the complete lack of public reaction.
Research from the National Centre for Domestic Violence in 2012 shows that approximately 4 million men each year are victims of domestic violence.
Yet only 9% of all reported cases are from males, with many victims failing to speak out due to embarrassment and shame.
Whereas today – we’re meant to find the same situation acceptable because it’s female led?
Mark Brooks, chairman of UK’s leading charity supporting male victims of abuse ManKind, yesterday expressed his ‘disappointment’ at the lack of public backlash to Kelly‘s revelations – and I couldn’t agree more.
If Danny Cipriani had hit Kelly, there’d be public outrage. Even if he’d so much as struck her whilst defending himself from her attack it would be deemed morally disgusting.
So, as men, are we simply meant to accept defeat in such situations – because any acts of defence would then turn the incident against us?
Kelly Brook‘s comments certainly raise all kinds of questions in terms of acceptance and equality, but the thing I personally find most disappointing is Kelly Brook‘s utter lack of acknowledgment.
Punching ANYONE is wrong. Fact. Whether it’s a man or a woman doing the punching doesn’t change that.