Richard Madeley apologised for his “dangerous” domestic abuse advice.
Initially the TV sensation, 64, gave advice to an anonymous reader to ignore the “strange nightly activity and fighting” next door at their home.
The Richard & Judy star dismissed the reader’s descriptions of “bangs and crashes and shouting” in his agony uncle column in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.
Richard penned an apology after domestic abuse charities slammed his column as “dangerous” and “jaw dropping”.
He wrote: “Hi everyone. My critics 2day are absolutely right – I misjudged this one, tonally and in content.
“SO annoyed with self. Have reached out this afternoon 2 various people to apologise+will address it in Saturday’ paper. Mea Culpa.”
“Mela culpa” is the Latin phrase which means “through my fault”.
The anonymous reader sought advice on how to deal with the raging rows of his neighbours during lockdown.
It read: “I worry that something could come to light in the future and I would feel guilty because I did nothing, despite a gut feeling that things are not right.”
But Richard shrugged off the neighbour’s concerns as he said, “if they were going to kill each other, they’d have done it by now.”
Madeley advised: “If some sort of serious abuse was involved you’d have noticed it (in the form of black eyes, cut lips and the like, or late night visits from the police after drunken 999 calls)…”
Domestic abuse charity Standing Together praised Richard for publishing an apology following the column.
They wrote: “Thank you for owning this. Please speak to @Fether22 who put in the original complaint & thank you to everyone who amplified.”
Before the apology, domestic abuse charities Refuge and Safe Lives launched a scathing social media attack on Richard’s column.
Refuge wrote: “This is appalling and dangerous advice @richardm56. Women live in fear of their partners across the country – many are isolated and alone; Literally trapped.
“Women’s lives depend on people calling out abuse. We support @GudrunBurnet to retract this ASAP.”
Safe Lives added: “We want to join the chorus of voices calling out this jaw dropping column from @richardm56.
“To be clear: domestic abuse does not have to mean ‘black eyes, cut lips’ to be dangerous. It is not a private matter, and if you are worried that someone is being harmed, call the police.”
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