Mario Balotelli apologizes for making a crass joke about the rape of a candidate during an appearance on the Italian Celebrity Big Brother show as he insists that they are friends and that they ” have a way of speaking which may seem vulgar “
- Mario Balotelli made a heinous rape joke during TV appearance in Italy
- Balotelli had appeared as a guest in the Italian version of Celebrity Big Brother
- One of the candidates previously claimed to have had a relationship with him
- He made the joke on her and had to apologize after sparking outrage online
Controversial football star Mario Balotelli has issued a public apology after sparking outrage for making a rape joke during an appearance on Italian Celebrity Big Brother.
The Italy international gave a vile joke to one of the contestants, Dayane Mello, as he made a TV appearance on the Italian version of the reality show his brother Enock is currently on.
During an interview on the program, Balotelli was asked about Mello – who has previously claimed to have a relationship with the former Manchester City ace, which he has denied.
Mario Balotelli laughs after making a crass rape joke on Italian celebrity Big Brother
The presenter said: “Dayane wanted you in the house.”
“Yes, but then she would ‘stop, stop, it hurts,” Balotelli replied before laughing.
Mello and other contestants could be seen wearing shocked expressions after Balotelli’s comment.
The 30-year-old received a huge backlash on social media for his rude remark and in response sent an apology, insisting that he is friends with Mello and that it is not uncommon for them to be speak in a way that “might sound vulgar”.
Dayane Mello, who the joke was aimed at, looks less than impressed after Balotelli’s remark
“Girls, I apologize if anyone felt offended! Balotelli wrote on Instagram.
“I know Dayane well and we have a way of speaking which may seem vulgar, but I care a lot for her!
“So enough of this feminist or misogynist, I apologize to anyone who felt offended, but if you don’t know the relationship between people before you judge, get the information first!”
“I have two mothers, three sisters and a daughter, so women are my life, stop speculating on things you don’t know!” I love you all, good night.
The Italian star has apologized after sparking outrage online when he appeared on television
It was reported earlier this year that Balotelli has been charged with sexual violence against a minor.
Police have opened an investigation into complaints against him regarding an incident that occurred in January 2018 while playing for French club Nice.
Balotelli, who is looking for a new team after leaving Brescia, had a brief relationship with a girl who claimed she was 18 – the local age of consent – then revealed she was 17 and threatened to notify the police if they do not. receive 100,000 € from the footballer.
Balotelli put an end to the blackmail attempt, before a legal adviser for the girl – who is said to be from near Vicenza, in northeastern Italy – tried to sell her story to a newspaper with the Italian cleared after a police investigation.