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Steve Brookstein: 'Stupid women are cause of domestic violence'

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Steve Brookstein has accused "stupid women" of causing domestic abuse.

The former X Factor winner implied on his Twitter page that domestic violence victims are to blame for their situation after Minder actor Dennis Waterman publicly admitted to hitting ex-wife Rula Lenska when they were married.

Brookstein wrote on the microblogging site: "'Clever women drive men to domestic violence' <<< no, stupid annoying women do."

When a member of the public criticised him for his comment, Brookstein then responded: "I'm making a point about a ridiculous generalisation. Sorry it went over your Sun reading neanderthal head."

Another Twitter user wrote: "Um, sorry? Are you saying domestic violence victims are responsible for their abuse?" to which the musician said: "No, but men who hit women do it because they are stupid and brought up around violence. The woman's intelligence is irrelevant."

He then continued his rant, tweeting: "Christ, people are thick. My point if you read my timeline is that neither clever OR stupid women make men violent. Moron. It was sarcasm. As a man married to an intelligent woman I find the generalisation ridiculous.

"I've explained it - if the dummies don't get it I can't help that. That was sarcasm. To highlight the ignorance that clever women don't cause men to be violent. Hello?!! Is anyone bright out there?"

A Twitter follower then labelled Brookstein as "stupid" and "insensitive", accusing him of making controversial comments to try and revive his "failure of a pop career", to which he wrote: "Do you know what winds me up? Stupid women who don't listen. Christ, there are loads on Twitter."

He later said that he didn't care what Dennis Waterman's opinion was, but added: "You don't hit women", before admitting that his wife "had a go" at him for "not making [himself] clear" with his Twitter comments. He then quipped: "I've been told to say sorry but instead I knocked her light out."

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