Chris Hemsworth an­gered by former Aus­tralian leader’s ‘child abuse joke’

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Chris Hemsworth has al­leged former Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott made an of­fen­sive joke about his char­ity work help­ing abused chil­dren.

Hemsworth, 34, is a pa­tron of the Aus­tralian Child­hood Foun­da­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides sup­port for vic­tims of child abuse.

In 2014 the fa­ther-of-three met with­Ab­bott,whowasthenAus­tralia’s prime min­is­ter, to dis­cuss how chil­dren can be pro­tected from in­sti­tu­tional abuse in schools.

In an in­ter­view with GQ Aus­tralia, Hemsworth re­called, “Tony Ab­bott said to me, ‘You know, I went to a Catholic school as a kid but no one did any­thing to me. Maybe I wasn’t good-look­ing enough.’ I’m sat there, like, ‘Is he kid­ding? Is he mak­ing light of this is­sue?’ ”

The star is in­cred­i­bly proud of his work with the chil­dren’s char­ity, for whom he has helped raise hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars.

Hemsworth is tak­ing part in a char­ity walk in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia later this month to raise funds for the foun­da­tion and told Aus­tralia’s Her­ald Sun news­pa­per how im­por­tant he be­lieved the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work is.

“We know that lov­ing re­la­tion­ships are crit­i­cal to healthy de­vel­op­ment,” he said. “All chil­dren need and de­serve love. It’s also time to cel­e­brate love as the cen­tral force in our defence of chil­dren. Ev­ery time we stand up for chil­dren, that’s love in ac­tion.”

Ab­bott is a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure in Hemsworth’s home­land and was ousted as prime min­is­ter by mem­bers of his own Lib­eral Party in 2015.

Last month he slammed of­fi­cials from Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Rugby League (NRL) for hir­ing the rap­per Mack­le­more to per­form at their show­piece Grand Fi­nal game.

Ab­bott took ex­cep­tion to Mack­le­more per­form­ing his gay rights an­them Same Love ,as Aus­tralians are cur­rently vot­ing in a na­tion­wide sur­vey to de­cide whether to le­galise gay mar­riage. The hip-hop star’s per­for­mance went ahead and he de­fi­antly played the track in front of 80,000 fans. WENN

JON KOPALOFF/FilMMAGiC File

Chris Hemsworth ar­rives at the 2015 G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles Calif., Jan. 31, 2015.

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