Caroline Aherne’s brother dismisses Peter Hook’s domestic abuse claims

New Order and Joy Division bassist was married to 'Royle Family' star from 1994-1997

The brother of late comic actress and writer Caroline Aherne has responded to claims by former New Order bassist Peter Hook that she was abusive towards him during their three-year marriage.

Royle Family co-creator and star Aherne was married to Hook from 1994-1997. She passed away from cancer in July of this year at the age of 52.

In his new autobiography Substance, the ex-Joy Division member Hook claims that Aherne was physically abusive, alleging that she “put cigarettes out” on him and attacked him with “bottles, knives [and] chairs”.

Aherne’s brother Patrick has since refuted the claims, writing on Facebook: “I am so disgusted by the claims made by Peter Hook in most of the tabloids today. Hook was married to my sister over 20 years ago and they were divorced because the marriage did not work well.”

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He continued: “What sort of man would make these claims after the death of Caroline? Is this because she is not here to defend herself? Why did it take Hook 20 years to make these claims?”

“I know the general public will now realise what type of individual Hook is and I sincerely hope that they do not waste their money on his book. R.I.P. Caroline – the world knows you were an amazing woman. I do not think the world will be saying the same about that excuse of a man called Peter Hook.”

In his book, Hook writes of Aherne: “Yes I loved her, yes she could be very funny, and there were times I felt privileged to have a private audience with such a great comic talent. But she was also a very troubled person and nowhere did that manifest itself more than in our relationship.”

“She attacked me, using her nails to scratch at my neck, tearing off my necklace and ripping my top. It was proper shocking stuff,” he added. “And although she was really contrite the next morning it marked the beginning of some serious screaming-banshee behaviour – putting cigarettes out on my arm, attacking me with bottles, knives, chairs and other assorted furniture.”

“It would be set off by the slightest thing – talking or looking at another woman was a favourite… I was an abused husband and it’s embarrassing, and you feel ashamed, and you can’t tell anyone. I needed help.”

Mark Brooks of the ManKind Initiative, which supports male victims of domestic violence, has responded to the claims by saying: “It is very rare yet welcome when a well-known public figure like Peter Hook speaks about being a male victim of domestic violence. This whole area remains one of Britain’s great last taboo subjects.”

“Many men do not recognise that they are a victim and when they do they fear that they won’t be taken seriously and feel a sense of shame. Somebody of Peter Hook’s stature coming forward will make a huge difference in not only giving men the confidence to come forward but will also open society’s eyes to the fact that men as well as women are the victims of domestic violence.”