'Enjoy rape'? Starlet comes under fire

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2014 08:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2014 08:37 AM

MANILA - (UPDATED) TV actress Nathalie Hart, formerly known as Princess Snell, has come under fire after sharing on Instagram a "lesson" she supposedly learned from her father about rape.

Hart, who made headlines in 2013 when she agreed to appear on the cover of Playboy Philippines, posted early this week a photo of a woman sitting on top of a pile of luggage with the text: "If rape is inevitable, lay back and enjoy it."

In the photo's caption, Hart said, unedited: "According to my dads lesson: If rape is inevitable, lay back and enjoy it! #ihavethebestadvicer #mvdadisthebest hahaha"

The post has since been deleted from Hart's Instagram page.

Among those who responded to Hart's "joke" was radio personality Mo Twister, who shared a screenshot of the Filipino-British actress' post on his own page. "Okay doll, looks like I have to unfollow you now," he said in the caption.

 

Okay doll, looks like I have to unfollow you now. @imnathaliehart

A photo posted by Mo Twister (@djmotwister) on

On Twitter, Hart tagged Mo Twister to ask if he has received any of her private messages, apparently in connection with her post about rape. That tweet, however, appears to have also been deleted.

On December 9, the former "StarStruck" finalist also responded to a Twitter account that appears to be owned by an anti-rape organization called United Voices Against Rape (UVAR).

In its message to Hart, UVAR said: "How low is this @imnathaliehart? Australia doesn't take rape lightly. Be a voice for change. #endrapeculture"

The actress answered: "I do not promote nor support that behavior! I'm against domestic violence and rape! It was a bad joke and I'm extremely sorry."

On Thursday night, Hart commented on the link to this article on ABS-CBNnews.com's official Facebook page to address her critics. She once again apologized and stressed she regrets making light of rape.

She said, unedited: "Hey Guys I just wanna inform you, I truly am regretful and displeased with what I posted. I understand why I have received hate but I want you to know I am very much against with any form of violence, abuse and rape. The whole post was blown out of proportion. It was taken literally and out of context, I now realise that this is no joking matter. Hoping you guys can understand that this was a huge mistake and I posted it without thinking it through.

"Again It was all a bad joke and it accumulated even more when Dj mo-twister posted it. I tried to contact him to fix this privately but I guess he's enjoying all the attention. I'm deeply sorry if I offended or hurt anyone."

Hart admitted that the personal attacks against her have not only affected her, but also her family. "My whole family is hurting with this controversy and I just want it to stop. I've read some of the comments and I am just ignoring it. If anyone is trying to bring me down and have an emotional breakdown,you won already!" she said.

Hart recently appeared in the romantic-comedy film "Somebody to Love" and is one of the cast members of the upcoming "Shake, Rattle & Roll XV," which is competing in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.