Question Time host Fiona Bruce says she will step back from role as ambassador for charity Refuge after she was accused of ‘trivialising’ domestic abuse over Stanley Johnson ‘wife-beater’ claims
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BBC Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce said she will step back from her role as an ambassador for the charity Refuge following claims she had trivialised domestic violence during a discussion about Stanley Johnson on last Thursday’s show.
Ms Bruce said in a statement: ‘It is with real sadness that I have decided to step back from my role as an ambassador for the domestic abuse charity Refuge.
‘Last week on Question Time, I was required to legally contextualise a question about Stanley Johnson. Those words have been taken as an expression of my own opinions which they are absolutely not, and as a minimising of domestic abuse, which I would never do.
‘I know survivors of domestic abuse have been distressed by what I was required to say on-air. For that, I am deeply sorry. I cannot change what I was required to say, but I can apologise for the very real impact that I can see it has had.’
Fiona Bruce said in a statement: ‘It is with real sadness that I have decided to step back from my role as an ambassador for the domestic abuse charity Refuge’
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On the March 9 programme, Ms Bruce interrupted after panel member and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said Stanley Johnson’s alleged history of violence was ‘on record’.
Ms Bruce then said: ‘I’m not disputing what you’re saying, but just so everyone knows what this is referring to, Stanley Johnson’s wife spoke to a journalist, Tom Bower, and she said that Stanley Johnson had broken her nose and that she’d ended up in hospital as a result.
‘Stanley Johnson has not commented publicly on that. Friends of his have said it did happen but it was a one-off.’
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