Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce says she will step down from her role as ambassador for charity Refuge after she was accused of ‘trivialising’ domestic abuse over Stanley Johnson’s ‘wife-beater’ claims
The BBC’s Question Time presenter Fiona Bruce said she will step down from her role as ambassador for the charity Refuge following claims she had trivialized domestic violence during a discussion about Stanley Johnson on the show last Thursday.
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 asked to legally contextualize a question about Stanley Johnson. Those words have been taken as an expression of my own opinions which are not at all, and as a way to minimize domestic abuse, which I would never do.
“I know survivors of domestic abuse have been distraught by what I was asked to say on the air. For that, I am deeply sorry. I can’t change what I was asked to say, but I can apologize for the very real impact that I can see it’s 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.”
Boris and Stanley Johnson on the subway. The former prime minister reportedly wants to include his father in his resignation honors list.
On the show on March 9, Ms Bruce interrupted after panel member and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said Stanley Johnson’s alleged history of violence was ‘consulted’.
Ms Bruce then said: “I don’t dispute what you’re saying, but just so everyone knows what this is referring to, Stanley Johnson’s wife spoke to a reporter, Tom Bower, and said that Stanley Johnson had broken his nose and that she had ended up in the hospital as a result.
Stanley Johnson has not publicly commented on that. Friends of his have said that it happened, but it was something isolated.