Russell Crowe tells off-colour awards show gag about 'sodomising' actress co-star

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

A female actress has come to the defence of Russell Crowe after his joke about a sodomy made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Russell Crow is defending a controversial joke he made during the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards on Tuesday about "sodomizing" co-star Jacqueline McKenzie on the set of the 1992 film "Romper Stomper".

Crowe reportedly said, 'I didn't actually intend to do that - I was trying to keep my bits away from her bits, and she's been given one of those pieces of elastic that the girls get when you do those scenes, which protects them from all things, and my bits and pieces were in a little canvas sack with a drawstring'.

According to the publication, the freaky story was met with "muted laughs", and was cut from Channel 7's broadcast. However, she has been one of the many women to come forward with stories about sexual harassment in the film industry.

McKenzie, 50, responded to Crowe's comments after the awards show, posting on Facebook that the "conversation of sexual harassment in the workplace bares no relevance to this".

"How we were trying to be as protective of our modesty as we could, as "sensitive" to each other's feelings as we could BUT when the director called "action", the scripted action was violent and explicit".

Finally, McKenzie concluded, "We were both new to the industry at the time - it was my first film - and, yes, it was uncomfortable".

On the red carpet, prior to the event itself last night, she told Guardian Australia: "It's not just about sexual assault and harassment, it's bullying and bad behaviour in the industry".

She claimed to have reported the misconduct, which occurred when she was in her 20s, but said it was ignored. "As there should never be", she wrote.

Later, Crowe defended his joke on a morning radio show, saying, "Obviously I was only intending to make people laugh".

"The irony -what we actors are asked to do in scenes and how we actually film them- is what we laugh at". The following day, Crowe issued a statement apologising for offending people.

"The way I delivered the story was to elicit that half cringe/half laugh reaction... Especially Jacquie, and she did", he wrote. "I didn't mean any offense to anyone and it wasn't a comment on other issues".

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