Serena Williams has sparked an intense backlash after she suggested the 16-year-old victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case was asking to be assaulted.
The world Number 1 tennis star made the astonishing indictment in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, which was posted online on Tuesday.
In the article, Williams said the victim ‘shouldn’t have put herself in that position’ and described her as ‘lucky.’ Some are already labeling the 31-year-old’s remarks the most controversial of her career.
‘Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know,’ she told the magazine. ‘I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don’t take drinks from other people.’
‘She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.’