UPDATE: The Guardian has removed O’Hara’s blog post about the Johnny Vegas incident and Vegas has filed a complaint. This does not surprise me, actually, as Britain has very strong libel laws and the post called the actions “sexual assault” in the title even though he was not charged or convicted of anything. Personally, I don’t think that this means the incident did not happen. The facts are supposed to be in dispute, but this will be the case with any crime. Again, I’ve seen no one dispute the sexual assault — I have seen disputes over whether or not penetrative rape took place. I also haven’t found a statement from Vegas about the incident, a statement from the woman who was allegedly assaulted, or a statement from O’Hara in defense or retraction of her article.
Of course, I feel that I made it clear in the blog post that he has been neither charged nor convicted of any crime. And I stand by everything I said, in the context of an opinion about what the nature of these actions would be if they occurred, and so long as its recognized that the opinion on this specific instance was based off of an eye-witness account that was corroborated and printed in a major international newspaper. I am reopening comments, but will absolutely close them again if things get out of hand like they did last time.
Warning: I personally found this to be very upsetting and triggering.
Here is a guy whose ass I would like to see in fucking jail. Pretty much forever. During a “comedy” act, Johnny Vegas sexually assaulted a woman; he threatened her, groped her breasts, put his hand up her skirt while she tried to stop him and inserted a finger into her.
Of course, not only will he not see the inside of a jail cell, he won’t even see the inside of a police station. He’ll pass it off as a “joke” numerous times. If the heat gets bad enough, he’ll maybe apologize publicly, as if that does anything for the woman that he raped on stage. Honestly, I don’t expect a single fucking consequence. He might even incorporate a joke about the instance into a later act.
I can’t recommend reading the comments on that article. At all. I scrolled through them briefly, and since I really need something to rant at, this one caught my eye:
Not totally defending him but I’m sure that the point was that pathetic individuals/society are totally enthralled with celebrity and let them get away with murder. She, and others, could have told him to get lost but didn’t probably for that reason. He obviously was taking advantage but that is the point, he can, because our society is full of Spice Girl/Big Brother/Football groupie wannabes.
I think he’s prepared to take the vitriol to make this point cos it disgusts him so much – either that or he’s an alcoholic scumbag!
Oh, I get it. Vegas raped a woman on stage because he thinks it’s disgusting that a famous person can get away with raping a woman on stage. Well that makes a ton of fucking sense, and makes me feel much better. I’m sure that the woman feels a lot better, too.
The asshat does have something of a point, though. He’s absolutely right about why Vegas got away with public sexual assault. It seems that the men on stage and a good chunk of the audience were not okay with what was happening — but the dude’s famous. They paid to see his show. Do you think this would have played out the same way if it was the goon down at the comedy club? People ignore crimes, walk away and do nothing all of the time. But usually, they do not when forced to sit or stand there and watch the violence happen. (Why didn’t the woman do anything to stop him? First of all, she was probably terrified, and secondly it doesn’t fucking matter you stupid rape apologist asshole.) Vegas knew he had the power to get away with this. He used it. And he, along with some audience members, laughed about it.
Thanks to O’Hara for bringing this to the public’s attention. But for fuck’s sake, it does not need to be “debated” there’s no “asking” whether or not Vegas “crossed a line.” If raping a woman on stage is not over the line, I don’t know what the hell could be — and we really need to redraw that line immediately. That so many in the audience disagree, that they think an assault that I’ve personally experienced is fucking funny . . .
This has upset me more than anything in a very long time.