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Judy caused an uproar earlier this week when, during her first ever appearance on the ‘Loose Women’ panel, she appeared to defend convicted rapist Ched Evans, suggesting his attack on a 19-year-old girl was a “non-violent” rape and he didn’t cause any “bodily harm” to his victim.
Her comments have provoked a massive backlash in the online community, particularly when Judy referenced the fact that Ched’s victim “had far too much to drink”, causing her daughter Chloe to spring to her defence.
On Tuesday evening, she posted a lengthy statement on Twitter, claiming she was “shocked” so many people were now claiming her mum was “pro-‘non violent rape’”, which she branded “ridiculous”.
— chloe madeley (@MadeleyChloe) October 14, 2014
After labelling “the trolls wishing rape on me” as “utterly pathetic”, Chloe then began to share images of some of the abusive messages she’d been sent as a result of her mum’s comments, angrily claiming her abusers were “not sane”.
Ched Evans was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012, for sexually assault. It now looks as though he’ll be freed later this month, after serving two years of his sentence.
Judy has since apologised for her controversial comments, saying: “I apologise unreservedly for any offence that I may have caused as a result of the wording I used.”
It was announced earlier this year that she would be joining the ‘Loose Women’ panel, alongside fellow new recruits Sharon Osbourne, Penny Lancaster and Gloria Hunniford.