Jim Sarbh speaks up on his rape comment at Cannes Film Festival, here's what he said

May 18, 2018, 16:00 IST | IANS

While Jim Sarbh's comment has offended many, people have also slammed Kangana Ranaut on Twitter for laughing at the comment rather than opposing it. But now the Padmaavat actor has clarified that he never condoned sexual violence

Jim Sarbh
Jim Sarbh

After a video featuring Jim Sarbh saying "I'd rather be raped by 12 prostitutes" went viral, the actor says his comments were taken out of context as he has never condoned any form of sexual violence. Jim said in a statement to IANS, "It is unfortunate that my comments were taken out of context. I do not now nor have I ever condoned any form of sexual violence. This (video) has been picked out of context without a prelude where I am actually enacting parts of a play which is a dark satire. The piece I was seen delivering in the video is about a priest blowing a very casual question completely out of proportion, condemning alcohol, prostitutes and rape all simultaneously."

He further added that "I personally do not find it to be about a desire to rape, or to inflict sexual violence upon another, but a subversive and comedic response to an extremely volatile sentence." In a video that surfaced late on Thursday, Jim is seen acting some line in a private environment at an after-party event at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

The video features Jim Sarbh saying,"I'd rather be raped by 12 prostitutes than touch alcohol and the Punjabi says ‘Me too, I didn't know that was an option'."As Jim completes his ‘joke', actress Kangana Ranaut, who is seen standing next to him, is seen cracking up along with the rest of the party.

The Neerja fame actor says he understands the environment that "we live in just now, in light of recent events, but more frankly, in light of events going on since the beginning of human consciousness, rape is a deadly serious issue. I treat it as such. I did not intend to hurt anybody, and I certainly do not consider actual sexual or physical violence funny," he said.

Jim, who delivered a remarkable performance as slave general Malik Kafur in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, is currently shooting in the US.

Also read: Kangana Ranaut Laughs At Jim Sarbh's 'Rape' Joke, Twitter Is Appalled

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Highlights of 71st Cannes Film Festival 2018