Russell Crowe Apologises For Joke About "Sodomising" Female Co-Star

Russell Crowe Apologises For Joke About

Russell Crowe Apologises For Joke About "Sodomising" Female Co-Star

The actor was presenting the prize for Best Asian Film of the Year at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards when he chose to reveal all about "sodomising" co-star Jacqueline McKenzie's character in his 1992 film Romper Stomper.

Russell Crowe has come in for serious criticism after making a joke about "sodomising" a female co-star in the current climate of the post-Harvey Weinstein allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

As reported by The Guardian, while on stage presenting the AACTA Award for Best Asian Film, Crowe acknowledged the need for "sensitivity" in showbiz, however, attempted to joke about "sodomising Jacqueline McKenzie on the set of [his 1992 film] Romper Stomper".

"And it was actually my desire to keep the bits apart", he continued.

The 53-year-old actor told the anecdote during a ceremony in which many stars spoke out about the issue of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

"The way I delivered the story was to elicit that half cringe/half laugh reaction..." It wasn't until the opening night of the film that it was pointed out by none other than Jacqui McKenzie's attractive late mother that we were in fact, in her mind, engaged in sodomy.

"Obviously I was only intending to make people laugh, especially Jacquie, and she did".

He added, "Anyway, that was just a story about sensitivity!" "I didn't mean any offense to anyone and it wasn't a comment on other issues".

McKenzie came forward with her own story of sexual harassment last week and condemned the "bullying and bad behaviour" synonymous with the industry while walking the red carpet on Wednesday.

McKenzie said she was in her 20s when the misconduct began, and reported it on two occasions, only to be ignored. "One response to a legal letter I did send - demanding an assurance I would be safe on set - was met by the producer saying: 'I can't give this letter to him (an actor)".

Additionally, McKenzie did take to Facebook to further defend Crowe's joke, writing, "There were no blurry lines on that awkward day's filming back in 1991". "Over the eons, he and I have often laughed at the awkwardness we felt shooting that scene", adding that "the crew dealt "sensitively" with the both of us as we all navigated a confronting scene".