Actor Bill Roache, who outraged the public and child mistreatment campaigners after appearing to suggest victims of child abuse were being punished due to sins they committed in a past life, has said he is very sorry and did not intend to cause offence.
During a discussion on child sex abuse broadcast by a New Zealand news station, the actor who portrays the character Ken Barlow in the TV series Coronation Street said: “If you accept that you are pure love and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
In an attempt to clarify the comments the interviewer asked if the 80-year-old actor was claiming the victims brought the mistreatment onto themselves.
The actor answered: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”
In his apology statement, Roache asserted he did not intend his remarks to cause distress, and he acknowledged the devastating health consequences sexual abuse victims potentially suffer by saying: “I offer my utmost sympathies to anyone affected by sexual offences and paedophilia.”
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