Ray Winstone in trouble over 'rape' gaffe

Ray Winstone. Photo/supplied
Ray Winstone. Photo/supplied

Movie hardman Ray Winstone has come under fire for likening rising taxes to rape, with a British politician branding the actor's remarks "very upsetting and hurtful".

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull actor admitted in a recent interview with Britain's talkSPORT radio station that he feels disillusioned with the UK tax system and wants to leave the country.

"I can see myself leaving," Winstone said. "I love this country but I've had enough.

"I don't see what we are being given back. I just see the country being raped... (Tax officials are) taking too much in exchange for too little... There are more holes in the roads than a tennis racket, we can't build hospitals and fire stations are closing."

His comments have caused outrage in the UK and Britain's Shadow Minister of State for Equalities, Kate Green, has slammed Winstone for his remarks.

She tells Britain's Daily Mirror: "These comments are very upsetting and hurtful to survivors of rape.

"Rape is a vicious and utterly wicked attack on people which can leave them emotionally and often physically scarred.

"It's wrong to equate that with having to pay your taxes."

Winstone starred as a bounty hunter tracking down a fugitive played by Temuera Morrison in the Kiwi film Tracker.


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