Celeb lawyer, Mr Loophole, claims women who dress provocatively 'victimise men'

London, June 15: A celebrity lawyer, dubbed Mr Loophole for his success in getting clients off motoring cases, has caused outrage after he claimed that women who dress provocatively "victimise men".

Nick Freeman, 54, whose clients have included David Beckham, said girls who wear "racy" underwear and skimpy tops made it clear they had one thing on their minds: sex.

Freeman expressed his views in a local newspaper column as he commented on a Slut Walk protest that took place in Manchester.

"Those taking part claimed women should be able to wear whatever they like in public - including racy red underwear - without being judged and their motives questioned," the Daily Mail quoted him as writing.

"But, as a red-blooded alpha male, let me state unequivocally that I believe how a woman dresses (and behaves in that dress) tells a man what's on her mind.

"As a criminal defence lawyer, I've been involved with plenty of cases where those who have been dressed in a perfectly conventional way were still victims of this heinous crime.

"I also strongly believe Yes is Yes and No is No. But in the real world a woman who behaves or dresses in a sexually provocative way conveys a certain message. A message that ironically can victimise men.

"So ladies, when you say you dress for yourselves and not for us males, I don't believe you. It's time to take responsibility for how you act and what you wear," he stated.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos criticised Freeman's comments as illogical.

"The idea that men are at the mercy of their testosterone and see a woman in a short skirt and think 'I'm going in for the kill' is demeaning to men," she said.

"It's saying they're not capable enough to ascertain for themselves what they really think or want.

"What he is doing is turning a man into an imbecile, who is unable to have a proper conversation to ascertain what the short skirt actually means.

"There are a lot of ways we give each other messages but one of the clear messages is verbal.

"How about men taking responsibility for how they act? There's no evidence that more women are raped for wearing a short skirt than a long skirt," she stated.

Kate Smurthwaite, a satirist and contributor to The F Word, an online feminist magazine, backed her point.

"Nick Freeman's remarks are utterly repugnant and insulting to men, the vast majority of whom are well capable of controlling their own behaviour," she said.

"If provocative or skimpy clothing left men unable to control themselves sunny beaches would be over-run with flailing would-be rapists.

"Instead we know from research that only four percent of rapists are able to remember what their victim was wearing. Mr Freeman's comments promote a myth and a dangerous one," she added.

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