Stephen Fry formally apologises for critical comments about abuse victims

Comedian and TV host said that pitying victims should 'grow up'

Stephen Fry has issued an apology for comments he made about survivors of sexual abuse this week.

The former QI host caused controversy this week after appearing on US show The Rubin Report.

During the discussion, Fry told sex abuse victims to stop feeling sorry for themselves. He was subsequently criticised by mental health charity Mind for his comments. Fry is the president of the charity.


Today (April 14) Fry formally apologised for what he said. In a message published by Mind, he said that it “distresses him greatly” to think he had upset anybody with with comments.

“I of course apologise unreservedly for hurting feelings the way I did. That was never my purpose,” Fry said.

He added: “There are few experiences more terrible, traumatic and horrifying than rape and abuse and if I gave the impression that I belittled those crimes and the effects they have on their victims then I am so, so sorry.

“It seems I must have utterly failed to get across what I was actually trying to say and instead offended and upset people who didn’t deserve to be offended or upset.”

Fry quit Twitter earlier this year after saying the platform had become a “stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous”.