In a written statement, comedian D.L. Hughley apologized for previous comments made about former Scandal actor Columbus Short’s wife.
Here’s what he originally said:
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen. I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want, as there are men who actually do anything. My point is if he did what she’s alleging he did, she could still get all that she’s going to have and not bring it up now, when it damages his market value that she’s going to be impacted by. If he loses that job nobody’s living in Calabasas anymore.”
Hughley’s comments were met with a wave of backlash, with some critics going as far to say that he has placed the “lives of black women in danger.”
Hughley released the following apology on Wednesday:
“Last week during an after-show segment of my radio show, The D.L. Hughley Show, I unintentionally offended some people. In regards to Columbus Short’s legal issues, I jumped to a conclusion and blamed Tanee McCall-Short; and I’m sorry. My intent was not to quiet victims. When I did speak of the topic on air, I repeatedly emphasized then, and as I do now, that anyone who is convicted of domestic violence, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and that is what I believe.”
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Short, who was recently cut from the show, has been embroiled in a series of domestic disputes with his wife.
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