*Comedian D.L. Hughley released a statement today apologizing for controversial comments he made on his Radio One program regarding Columbus Short’s domestic violence allegations.
As previously reported, Hughley how downplayed the “Scandal” star’s misdemeanor spousal battery charge, in which the actor allegedly choked his wife Tuere Tanee Short while she was sleeping.
“The star of one of the hottest dramas in the country, chokes the f*ck out of his wife? That doesn’t ever happen,” he said on his show. “I don’t think it happened first off. Like the time Warren Sapp was getting ready to do the Super Bowl and some broad said that he raped her. There are just as many examples of women lying on men in the middle of divorce proceedings to get what they want as there are men who actually do anything.”
In a statement, Hughley admits that he “unintentionally offended some people” during the after-show segment of his program.
In regards to Columbus Short’s legal issues, I jumped to a conclusion and blamed Tanee McCall-Short; and I’m sorry. My intent was not to quiet victims.
When I did speak of the topic on air, I repeatedly emphasized then, and as I do now, that anyone who is convicted of domestic violence, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; and that is what I believe.
Hughley’s apology comes after his comments prompted a Change.org petition urging him to publicly apologize for “endangering the lives of Black women who may be victims of domestic violence by encouraging them to remain silent.”