Less than a day after Jed McIntosh was revealed as one of The Bachelors Australia for 2022, the musician was called out on Twitter for making a series of disturbing statements online.
As reported exclusively by So Dramatic!, one user reposted a series of comments from 2011 in which Jed makes jokes about “rape” on Facebook.
Now, he has responded to the reports.
“These posts are from over 10 years ago, and I don’t have any recollection of making them,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Anyone who knows me knows this is not who I am.”
Continuing, he said: “As a kid, we say things not understanding the gravity of the language used, but I can adamantly say as an adult I do not agree with the use of language and sentiment of the posts.
“I have the utmost respect for women, am a strong advocate for assault victims and would never want to cause any harm or hurt to anyone.”
What Were the Comments Made by Jed McIntosh?
***Trigger Warning: This article will discuss sexual assault. This may be triggering to readers with similar experiences.
In one comment, obtained by So Dramatic! the Melbourne-born drummer says he and another person “are gonna rape yas [sic].” He then warns: “so watch out because theres a storm coming kids 😉 [sic].”
They have also uploaded evidence of more misogynistic comments made by Jed, including one where he admits to “having a perve” on one of his school teachers. In another, he says he wants to “smash some pussy.”
The user posted the series of tweets last night, following the official announcement of The Bachelor Australia 2022’s main cast.
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