Celebrity Sexual and Domestic Abusers Trigger Survivors

Dr Jury said reading endless comments online praising abusive people or hearing co-workers singing abusive celebrity’s praises can be confusing and distressing for victims. 


For survivors of sexual or domestic violence the accolades can feel like “a total obliteration of their victimisation”, according to Women’s Refuge CEO Dr Ang Jury. 

This doesn’t just affect the celebrities’ victims but can also be damaging for everyday men and women who have experienced abuse. 

Dr Jury said reading endless comments online praising abusive people or hearing co-workers singing abusive celebrity’s praises can be confusing and distressing for victims. 

Counsellor and trauma expert Suzi Wallis agrees, saying people could be triggered by the comments without realising and experience emotions that seem “out of context for the current situation”. 

“They might not even recognise that they have been triggered until the body starts to do something strange. 

“For people who have had trauma it is often activated in the amygdala – the fight, flight or freeze part of the brain – so the first awareness they might have is that they might be reacting to something that other people don’t react to. 

praising celebrity’s can be distressing for victims. 

Sean Connery

In June 1992, Labour party members of the British House of Commons introduced a motion condemning what they described as remarks Connery made in an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine that April, to the effect that “giving a woman a smack in the face is acceptable conduct, and that she is ‘looking for’ such behavior on the part of her partner or husband.” An associated parliamentary motion attributed the following purported quotation to Connery:

“If she wants some kind of confrontation it’s very difficult for it not to materialise, it builds and builds, and you can only take so much. Nobody’s perfect. If someone in those circumstances is intent on a physical confrontation then it’s going to happen. Because, in part, that is what she was looking for.”

An original copy of the 1992 magazine article was not readily available, so we can’t definitively verify its authenticity and provenance. However, the inclusion of a lengthy, direct quotation in one of the motions, combined with the fact that the tone of that quotation conforms with Connery’s other known statements, and the fact that members of parliament enter material on the record under penalty for deliberately misleading the House of Commons, strongly indicate that the 1992 quotation is authentic, and therefore a fifth instance of Connery’s publicly endorsing violence against women. 


Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew said in his interview with BBC Newsnight last month he met Epstein in 1999, through Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell, the socialite daughter of the disgraced press baron Robert Maxwell, has been accused by a number of women of being complicit with Epstein in sex trafficking and abuse and, in some cases, partaking in it. She has denied all allegations against her.

While it is not disputed that Prince Andrew met Epstein through Maxwell, some have suggested they met earlier than 1999. A 2011 letter to the Times of London from the prince’s then private secretary, Alastair Watson, suggests the pair knew each other from the early 1990s.

Prince Andrew says he and Epstein were “not that close”.

However, the pair attended several private dinners, parties and fundraisers together, including a birthday party the prince threw for Maxwell at Sandringham House, the private residence of the Queen, in 2000. The same year, Epstein and the prince partied with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, his residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

The following year, Andrew and Epstein went on holiday together and were pictured on a yacht in Phuket, Thailand, surrounded by topless young women. The Times of London reported that the prince’s holiday was paid for by Epstein.