“Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum has slammed the judge who handed a light sentence to a former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman outside a fraternity party.
Tatum, who has a daughter with wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, told Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles at a Cannes Lions Q&A, “I think it’s a horrible idea to let someone off because possibly of what they are going to be capable of doing. If you start doing that, where do you stop? Where is that line? I don’t think it’s right. I think he should have been punished, personally.”
Tatum continued of the six-month sentence handed to Brock Turner by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, “I just couldn’t believe it. It’s like if you killed someone and got caught red-handed and just because you went to a nice school, and you were a good swimmer, you somehow get a lesser sentence. That just doesn’t make any sense.”
The sentence of six months in county jail and three years’ probation sparked outrage from many who thought it was too light given the fact Brock was convicted of three felonies for sexually assaulting the woman in January 2015. She was discovered behind a dumpster, in a highly intoxicated state, with her dress pulled up and her underwear removed.
During the sentencing hearing last week, the victim addressed her attacker in court and a read a powerful victim impact statement about how the assault has affected her life. A change.org petition calling for the removal of the judge has gained half a million signatures.
Tatum was at Cannes Lions to launch his new vodka Born and Bred, made from Idaho potatoes and water from the Grand Teton Mountains. He also talked to the creative crowd about the impact of fame and social media on his life now that he is a father.
Tatum said, “There used to be a lot of mystique surrounding movie stars. Now people are mad if you don’t tweet everything about your life.”
He said he was recently walking with his 3-year-old daughter, Everly, when a stranger walked up and said, “Hello, Everly.” “Jenna [his wife] and I came into this with our eyes open, we know the sacrifices … but when someone approaches my daughter, you are going to get dropped.”
Originally posted by Page Six
By Emily Smith
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