Channing Tatum is baffled by 20-year-old Stanford University rapist Brock Turner's incredibly lenient 3-month sentencing.
Turner, who was convicted on three felony counts for raping an unconscious woman, has seen heavy backlash since Santa Clara county Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to a mere six months in prison. Judge Persky justified the decision by citing the "severe impact" a heavier sentence might have on his formerly promising swimming career. To add insult to injury, it was later revealed Turner would serve only half of even that period incarcerated.
The case drew special attention when the victim, whose identity has been protected, wrote a heartbreaking letter detailing the experience in her own eyes.
"I think it's tough. I think that rape culture is a very real thing,” he told the magazine's editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. "I really think it's a horrible, horrible idea to let someone off because of possibly what they’re gonna be capable of doing. Because if you start doing that, where do you end? Where does that stop? Where does that line actually quit? I don’t think it’s right. I think [Brock Turner] should’ve been punished, personally, but I also don’t know what the answer is to protect women, to keep you out of those situations."
The Magic Mike XXL actor continued by saying he "just couldn’t believe" the low price Turner will pay for his crime:
"That is like if you killed someone, if you got caught red-handed murdering someone, and then just because you went to a nice school and you were a good swimmer, you somehow get a lesser sentence than what you would’ve for cold-blooded murder. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense," he said."
A Change.org petition calling to remove Judge Persky from the bench has amassed more than 1,200,000 signatures.