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Michael Gove apologises for 'inappropriate' Weinstein joke

The British minister had compared being interviewed by a BBC presenter with “going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom”.

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UK MINISTER MICHAEL Gove has apologised after making a joke about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on a live BBC radio show.

The Environment Secretary drew immediate ire after comparing being interviewed by the programme’s presenter with “going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom,” adding “you hope to emerge with your dignity intact”.

Gove, who was facing questions from interviewer John Humphrys in a special edition of BBC Radio 4′s Today show in front of a live audience, swiftly took to social media to say sorry for the remark.

A former leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Lord Neil Kinnock, who was being interviewed alongside Gove, also faced criticism after joining in the attempted joke.

After Gove’s comment he said: “John goes way past groping,” referring to Humphrys.

The audience laughed and applauded in response, but the comments prompted an instant backlash on social media.

Lord Andrew Adonis, a former Labour education minister, called the remarks “seriously inappropriate” on Twitter.

Labour MP Jess Phillips also tweeted:

Weinstein is under police investigation in Britain and the US, and was fired from his film company this month, amid an avalanche of sexual harassment claims, and several rape allegations, dating back decades.

He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

- © AFP 2017.

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