Amy Schumer has likened rape victim-shaming to the Salem witch trials

Controversy has arisen from comments Kurt Metzger made about rape allegations

Amy Schumer has likened the shaming of rape victims to the Salem witch trials.

The comedian spoke to US TV host Charlie Rose after writer Kurt Metzger, who has written for Inside Amy Schumer in the past, defended a fellow comedian who had been accused of sexual assault.

Fans demanded that Schumer speak out about the controversy because of his association with her show. “I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn’t be more against his recent actions,” she tweeted.

Rolling Stone says Schumer told Rose: “[Metzger] gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all.

“I’ve asked him, ‘Can you just stop, because it comes back to me.’ Because he writes for the show, it’s a bigger story, because of our connection, so whatever tangent he’s gone off on, I have not agreed with, and it’s really upsetting to see someone I care about hurt themselves like this.”

She continued: “There’s so much victim-shaming. When a woman says they were assaulted, a lot of people’s first reaction is to say ‘No you weren’t. What was the situation?’ They treat it like the Salem witch trials. It’s really unfair and it makes women not want to come forward.”

Schumer had previously said that Metzger no longer wrote for her show, but that she hadn’t fired him because “we aren’t making [Inside Amy Schumer] anymore”. She clarified to Rose that the programme would return eventually and she meant that as it isn’t currently in production she technically doesn’t have any writers at the moment.

She also said it had been difficult to watch her good friend react to the criticism he has received the way he did. “They want his head. They want to burn him at the stake,” she said of his critics. “I want them to not attach me to what he’s writing. I would love to refocus the energy and the attention to the real problem, which is I feel people understanding rape, what’s consensual and what’s not… the focus is on [Metzger] and not what the problem is.”