'I deeply apologise': Star Trek actress Alice Eve insists she 'didn't mean to offend' after being labelled 'transphobic' for bizarre rant at Bruce Jenner

Alice Eve has backtracked and issued an apology following her bizarre attack on Bruce Jenner. 

After Alice took umbrage with decathlon gold medallist Jenner's declaration that 'for all intents and purposes' he is a woman, fans were quick to lash out at her, causing Alice to quickly back down. 

In a statement to People, she said: 'I deeply apologise for offending anyone. I support equal rights and equal dignity for all. I have deep compassion and support for Bruce Jenner.'

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Alice Eve made controversial statements towards Bruce Jenner
The athlete recently revealed for all 'intents and purposes' he is a woman

Backtrack: Actress Alice Eve provoked a furore by taking umbrage with decathlon gold medallist Jenner's declaration that 'for all intents and purposes' he is a woman and later apologised in a statement 

She added that she didn't want to offend and merely hoped to encourage 'equality for all'.

There have been declarations of support from across the world for Bruce, the former Olympic champion and stepfather of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, following his announcement that he thinks of himself as a woman after beginning gender reassignment treatment.

But Alice provoked a furore with her ill-advised comments on Instagram. 

'Nope,' she wrote on her Instagram page. 'If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because women can't compete in the decathlon. You wouldn't be a hero. You would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn't given a chance.

Controversial comments: Jenner was an Olympian and competed in the decathlon. But Eve said if he was a woman he would never have been able to take part 

Controversial comments: Jenner was an Olympian and competed in the decathlon. But Eve said if he was a woman he would never have been able to take part 

'Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a 'woman' while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair,' she added. 'Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.'

Alice, 33, who married her teen sweetheart Alex Cowper-Smith on New Year's Eve, has starred in blockbuster film franchises such as Sex And The City and Men In Black.

Fans, however, vowed to 'unfollow' her on social media as she was quickly besieged by comments accusing her of being 'transphobic' and conflating two very different issues. 'Your notion that Jenner is 'playing' at being a woman is honestly disgusting,' one critic remarked, while another wrote: 'This is transphobia at its finest.' Alice was even accused of being 'transmisogynistic' and told: 'Stick to acting, love.'

Brave: Bruce has received almost unanimous support and praise for his brave decision to go public with his gender identity struggles 

Brave: Bruce has received almost unanimous support and praise for his brave decision to go public with his gender identity struggles 

After the backlash, Alice tried to engage with her detractors before eventually deleting her two posts.

'I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific,' she backtracked.

'However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men. The transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too.'


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