Lily Allen has claimed she has ‘only even been sexually assaulted by white males’ during a heated debate with ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.
The singer – who caused controversy last year when she ‘apologised on behalf’ of Britain during a trip to the migrant camp in Calais – claimed on Twitter that the only attacks she had experienced were by white men.
The 31-year-old made the remark during an exchange with Robinson on migration and Asian grooming gangs.
Robinson, 34 – whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – asked her: ‘Have you ever met or spoke to a victim of the Muslim grooming gangs, you don’t need to go Calais to hear horror stories.’
Lily then replied: ‘I’ve only ever been sexually assaulted by white males so I feel slightly biased.’
The row began when the singer questioned whether the man who killed 39 people in a Turkish nightclub was a ‘migrant’.
Robinson – who now leads anti-Islamic group Pegida UK after setting up the English Defence League in 2009 – quickly replied and dubbed the singer a ‘f****** idiot’, before adding that she was ‘virtue signalling’.
Lily and Robinson then continued to spar, with Robinson claiming he lived in a ‘safe house because of Islam’.
Last year, Lily was reduced to tears during a BBC interview with 13-year-old Shamsher Sherin (pictured)
He then asked Lily if she had ever met or spoken to the victims of Muslim grooming gangs, adding: ‘You don’t need to go Calais to hear horror stories.’
The singer then replied: ‘I’ve only ever been sexually assaulted by white males so I feel slightly biased.’
Twitter users were quick to criticise Lily for her comments. Graham Dickens wrote: ‘If your trying to educate people that a race isn’t at fault for everything why would you do that by blaming another race (sic)?’
Lily responded that she was ‘trying to point out that sexual deviants and murderers operate within every culture’.
She later added: ‘People need to realise the reality of how white males and their attitudes towards our laws continue to threaten our values and communities.’
Last year, Lily was reduced to tears during a BBC interview with 13-year-old Shamsher Sherin, who has since arrived in Britain from The Jungle migrant camp.
The singer had filmed the segment during a visit to the Jungle for the Victoria Derbyshire show.
She said: ‘It just seems that at three different intervals in this young boy’s life, the English in particular have put you in danger.’
Robinson, 34 – whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – asked her: ‘Have you ever met or spoke to a victim of the Muslim grooming gangs, you don’t need to go Calais to hear horror stories’ (pictured)
She later went further by comparing British foreign policy to the evils of ISIS, writing on Twitter: ‘Isis kill innocent people by the way, they cause horrific pain and destruction across the world, so do we. I’m sorry for that.’
Her comments sparked a barrage of criticism, but Allen said she felt ’empowered’ by the strong feelings her thoughts provoked.
Twitter users were quick to criticise Lily for her comments. Graham Dickens asked why the singer was ‘trying to blame another race’ when she was tyring to educate people that a ‘race isn’t at fault for everything’
Lily responded that she was ‘trying to point out that sexual deviants and murderers operate within every culture’ (pictured)
Shamsher arrived at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London, along with a number of other child refugees from the Calais Jungle migrant camp on October 19.
Shamsher left Afghanistan in around February last year before beginning a gruelling six-month trek halfway across the globe.
He walked most of the journey, but he also used about £5,400 to take buses, motorbikes and cars as he travelled through Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Italy before finally arriving in France at the end of the summer.
TOMMY ROBINSON: THE TANNING SHOP OWNER WHO SET UP THE ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE IN 2009
Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, set up the EDL in 2009
Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, set up the English Defence League with Kevin Carroll in 2009 in response to protests by Muslim extremists against soldiers marching in Luton.
The 34-year-old, from Luton, used to run a tanning shop in the town, although he claimed on Twitter in March 2013 that ‘Polish girls took the shop over’.
The EDL has no normal joining procedures or membership list and its activities have been characterised by volatile street demonstrations and ‘flash mobs’. It also has a strong online presence.
The former leader of the EDL, who took his name from a prominent member of MIG hooligan crew which follows Luton Town FC, has repeatedly hit the headlines in the past after voicing his controversial views during marches across the country.
He has also voiced his opinions on television and radio interviews, including one with the BBC in the wake of the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May 2013.
The BBC was criticised for running an interview with Mr Robinson on Radio 4’s Today programme in June of that year, with some listeners claiming that it gave a ‘non-critical platform’ for his extremist views.
Robinson quit the EDL two years ago, saying his group was ‘part of the problem’. But, soon after, he was filmed rabble rousing at an anti-Muslim rally in Holland.
He has seen been involved with Pegida UK, an offshoot of the anti-Islamic group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, which launched in Dresden, Germany.