Jason Momoa apologises for Game of Thrones rape joke

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Jason Momoa has apologised for making a joke about rape.

This week, footage of the actor at a Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel in 2011 resurfaced online, which showed him joking about how his character Khal Drogo got to "rape beautiful women" without repercussion.

"As far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that there's so many things you can do, like rip someone's tongue out of their throat and get away with it and rape beautiful women," said Momoa.

"Next question."

As imagined, the comments didn't go down well with Twitter users – and now Momoa has apologised.

Posting a note on Instagram on Thursday (October 12), the actor said sorry for the "truly tasteless comment".

"I am still severely disappointed in myself at the insensitivity of my remarks that day," the Justice League star said.

"I know my sincerest apology now won't take away those hurtful words. Rape and sexual harassment can reach anyone and I have seen first hand its painful torment among members of my own family and friends."

"I made a truly tasteless comment. It is unacceptable and I sincerely apologise with a heavy heart for the words I said.

"Apologies, Jason."

Momoa's apology comes after his Justice League co-star Ben Affleck released his own apology to One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton, after grabbing her breast on TRL back in 2003.

"I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and I sincerely apologize," he said.

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This week's movie news cycle has also been dominated by several allegations of sexual misconduct made against Harvey Weinstein.

The Hollywood producer has so far been accused by actresses including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Lea Seydoux, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

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In the latest turn of events, McGowan accused Weinstein of rape upon her return to Twitter yesterday, after being giving temporarily limited account settings for violating site guidelines.

Earlier this week, Weinstein's spokesperson strenuously denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex" made against the one-time Miramax producer.

The scandal has also prompted actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek to come forward about being sexually assaulted by unnamed individuals in Hollywood.

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