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.
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.
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.
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