The beloved TV actor is at the centre of a storm in the U.K. after he reportedly made the comment during an interview for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, which has not yet been broadcast.
It’s alleged Waterman told the chat show host, “She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different… It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her… The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in… and I… I lashed out… It happened and I’m very, very ashamed of it.”
Now Sting’s wife Styler, who is an active campaigner against domestic violence, has spoken out to condemn Waterman’s comments, insisting it’s never acceptable for a man to strike a woman.
She tells U.K. morning show Daybreak, “We can’t condone violence to women in any shape or form. I haven’t heard from Dennis Waterman myself, I believe that the show in which he said those things hasn’t been aired, but hitting a woman is absolutely not on in any shape or form, in my book.”