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TOWIE’s Dan Osborne Sacked

UPDATE: After this piece was published elsewhere, Dan has voiced his opinion that this piece is unfair and claims he is not guilty of abuse. I would have discussed the matter with him but he blocked me on Twitter. His dad has spoke on his behalf in the comments.

TOWIE heart throb Dan Osbourne will not be returning to the show, following the revelations he threatened his ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

Verbal abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse
Verbal abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse

The Only Way is Essex bosses have taken the decision to permanently axe the suspended star, who was recorded verbally abusing his ex; promising to stab her if she slept with another man.

Last month, tapes emerged where the dad of two could be heard screaming multiple vile threats at his ex-partner.

‘I swear on this boy’s life I will end your f****** life if you shag another man. Never in your f****** life are you going to be with another man. I can swear on my son’s life. Shut your f****** mouth you f****** c***. If you go near another man I promise you I will stab you in the f****** throat.’

While Dan may have apologised for his behaviour, Lime Productions & ITV have made the correct decision in not renewing his contract, and therefore not condoning domestic violence.

Each week two women die at the hands of their partners, past or present, yet we’re still quick to forgive those in the public eye who commit domestic abuse. Offenders* regularly top the music charts, clean up at The Oscars and some are even praised social activists – a conviction for assault doesn’t tend to ruin many careers. With Dan Osbourne’s sacking, it’s refreshing to see that for once simply saying sorry doesn’t excuse you for attacking a spouse.

With ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.
With ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin.

You could argue that Dan Osborne has not been charged, or even followed through on his actions, but you would be ignoring the fact that abuse comes in all different forms; physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

Dan Osbourne may be a handsome young man but his actions were ugly – we should remember this before we miss him too much from our TV screen.

*Abusers in the public eye:  Chris Brown, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, R Kelly, Mel Gibson, Carmen Electra, Roman Polanski, Tommy Lee, Ozzy Osbourne, Emma Roberts, OJ Simpson, Dennis Rodman, Steven Seagal, Mickey Rourke, James Brown, Nicholas Cage, Christen Slater, Ike Turner, Sean Connery, Eminem, Mike Tyson, Cee Lo Green, Floyd Mayweather Jr

This is in no way even close to a conclusive list – It got far too depressing researching just how much of the entertainment industry is made up of convicted abusers.

Facts about domestic violence:

Anyone can be abused, regardless of their social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.

Although men can be abused too, the statistics show that in most cases it is women who are abused.

  • One in four women is abused during her lifetime.
  • One in nine is severely physically abused each year.
  • Two are killed each week.

For more information, or where to find help, visit www.refuge.org.uk

24 Hour Helpline 0808 2000 247 The helpline is run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for women experiencing domestic violence. All calls are confidential.

See also: Cheryl Cole’s Tax Factor

5 comments on “TOWIE’s Dan Osborne Sacked

  1. I am Dan Osbornes father and in no way do i find it acceptable to threaten violence to your partner, but abuse is also unacceptable to males. Dan didnt tape any heated discussion between himself and his ex but if he had people may understand him getting angry. Dan is a very calm natured person with a good heart and i was totally shocked to his reaction but i was just as shocked to read some of the disgusting texts from Dans ex. She told Dan many months ago that Teddy wasnt his son, she has tried her hardest to push my son to get him arrested but fortunately our police force are some of the best in the world and after several interviews with my son have not brought any charges to him, domestic violence and abuse is a very serious crime and is no way acceptable and our police do not take it lightly but they also see through lies. Dan left his ex to make a better life for his son and he has proved he is a great father.

    1. Hi,

      I struggle to see why you would reply to this piece? The facts are there and it was reported by the press and I used it as an opportunity to highlight the serious issues of domestic violence in the country. Can you not see that at least something positive has come from all this at least – at least people are talking about domestic violence. This blog has had over 10,000 views – if only one woman reads it and see the number to call for help isn’t that a good thing.

      I don’t care about the ins and outs of the relationship – the fact of the matter is you can call it lies but your son was heard verbally abusing an ex spouse. Verbal abuse towards an ex spouse can be classed as domestic abuse whether you like it or not.

      I understand you’re protective of your son but I must say, If tapes like that emerged like that involving my younger brothers then I know for a fact neither of my parents would be defending his honour online – no matter what had been said before hand.

      Also, here’s some free PR advice for Dan – maybe just apologise and get some anger management and show remorse and then people will let him move on. It’s looking pathetic that he’s responding to blogs that simply report the facts and offer help and advice to anyone else who may be suffering. You literally sound like you’re saying ‘It’s okay that my son threatened to stab his ex and mother of his child – she said Teddy wasn’t his and she’s been a cow in the past”

      The pair of you refusing to be critcised for his proven actions is an insult to anyone who has experienced any form of domestic abuse – apologize, show remorse and then maybe people will start to forgive.

    2. And you may say the police force are the best in the world because your son has been cleared but I doubt the many victims of domestic abuse neglected and let down by the police would agree.

      Maybe try and get things into perspective before being so angry that people have dared to say it’s a good thing your son has been sacked.

      I’m aware you claim Dan suffered abuse from his ex partner but 1) I don’t know anything about that – this is an opinion piece based on the story and tapes I heard. If I ever learn anything about that I will write about males and domestic abuse if you like. 2) Two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because someone else is acting abusive does it condone later actions.

  2. Dan apologised straight away, you clearly didnt read that and you clearly didnt understand my reply. When the truth is proved i look forward to your apology.

    1. There is no point apologising then showing no remorse and constantly disputing anything said against him.

      What would you like me to apologise for when “the truth” is proved? The fact I took the the chance to highlight domestic abuse issues to a wide audience and link a phone number to anyone who may be suffering? I simply reported proven facts and expressed my opinion that it was a good thing that someone in the public eye guilty of being abusive towards a spouse was punished for once.

      I don’t know what you mean by “the truth” – if you are referring to the fact that you’re claiming Dan suffered domestic abuse himself that does not take away his actions.

      I really don’t understand what you think I’ll be apologising for? I don’t ever see a time where I will be apologising for highlighting domestic abuse facts in this country and links to find help.

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