TalkRadio’s James Whale suspended over rape victim interview

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Radio talkshow host James Whale has been suspended after appearing to laugh at a guest who was speaking about her rape on air.

TalkRadio announced its decision to suspend Whale pending a full investigation on Friday, following the interview with journalist Nichi Hodgson on Monday in which she disclosed details about her sexual assault.

Writing for the Guardian, Hodgson said she was “interrogated, ridiculed and had [her] journalistic integrity questioned” after she spoke about her experience during a discussion on flirtation and the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

In a statement, TalkRadio said Whale’s interview with Hodgson “completely lacked sensitivity,” and was conducted “in a manner that did not reflect the values of the station”.

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August 3, 2018

In a video clip of the exchange, which was removed from the TalkRadio YouTube page but re-posted by the Guardian in Hodgson’s comment piece, Whale can be seen appearing to laugh when Hodgson describes being “orally raped” by a man in a taxi following a party in January this year.

Hodgson reported the incident to the police, but they told her they had little chance of catching the man as, among other things, she did not know his name, and CCTV that may have captured the incident would have been destroyed after 30 days.