The comedian Stephen Colbert has been making fun of the trial against a woman accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in the late 1980s, and has had a similar joke about a woman being charged with rape.
Colbert tweeted the joke yesterday (Monday) in the wake of a news article about the case, which has prompted a flurry of criticism from people who say the comedian is out of line.
“She’s got a rape charge,” he wrote.
“That’s not a joke.”
The woman has denied the charge.
Colbert was referring to the accuser, a former girlfriend of the comedian.
She is accused of assaulting a 16 year old girl in 1981 in an apartment in Los Angeles, California, when she was 16 years old.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, the accuser said she was not responsible for the alleged rape and that she has since left her relationship with Colbert and moved to Colorado.
She has said the rape happened after a party at her apartment and the accused was angry about having been dumped by her former boyfriend.
The comedian tweeted the following response to the news story.
I have seen many jokes about rape, from people making fun, to people being funny about rape.
And I love jokes about that.
And the jokes about women in rape cases, I’m just not into that at all.
Colbert’s tweet has been retweeted more than 1,400 times.
In another tweet, he wrote: “I think it’s just funny to see a woman get charged with the crime of being raped by someone who was in her life, in her own bed.”
Colbert was responding to a New York Times story about the Los Angeleno, California District Attorney’s office, which was investigating a man who allegedly raped a 16 years-old boy in 1982.
The case was reopened in 1993 after a judge dismissed charges against the defendant in the case.
A spokesman for the district attorney’s office told the Times the office was not commenting on the comedian’s tweet.
Colbert has said in previous tweets that his own jokes about sexual assault are more serious than the accusations made against him.
“I don’t know why the guy who raped me got off with a slap on the wrist, but I can tell you the funniest thing I’ve ever said is, ‘I have to get out of here,’ ” he tweeted last week.
“And that’s not funny.”
Colbert’s Twitter account also includes the phrase, “If you wanna have a good time, stay home.
It’s unclear what Colbert means by “stay home”.
The comedian also used the same phrase in a video for the show The Colbert Report.
Colbert previously said he was not a fan of the rape charges against a man accused of rape by a former lover.
“This is a woman I’ve known for years and years and the first time I heard she was going to go to trial was in 2015,” he said in a tweet last month.
“So I thought, I don’t want to know about it.”