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Sunday 18 August 2019

'It wasn't my Brand of humour', says Jo

Comedian Jo Brand has now apologised for the joke. Photo: PA
Comedian Jo Brand has now apologised for the joke. Photo: PA

Comedian Jo Brand has apologised for making a joke about throwing battery acid over politicians.

Her remarks, on the BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy on Tuesday night, led to public criticism, including from Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, and multiple complaints being made to the UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said it was assessing Brand's comment following an allegation of incitement to violence.

Appearing at an event in Henley, Oxfordshire, on the same day, the comedian apologised for making a "crass and ill-judged" joke.

Mistake

However, she reportedly told the audience she did not think that she'd made a "mistake", adding that she had not mentioned Mr Farage.

On Wednesday, the Brexit Party leader, who had a milkshake thrown at him while campaigning in Newcastle, accused Brand of inciting violence.

Commenting again on Twitter, he said: "I am sick to death of overpaid, left-wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior.

"Can you imagine the reaction if I had said the same thing as Jo Brand?"

It is believed that the allegation reported to the police was not made by Mr Farage or the Brexit Party.

Ofcom said it had received 65 complaints about the episode of Heresy.

A statement from Scotland Yard said on Thursday: "Police have received an allegation of incitement to violence that was reported to the MPS on 13 June.

"The allegation relates to comments made on a radio programme.

"There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing."

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May called on the BBC to explain why it broadcast Brand's comments, saying that "violence and intimidation should not be normalised".

The BBC said it regretted any offence caused by the radio programme, which was never intended "to encourage or condone violence".

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