Arantes admits slapping Rowling

JK Rowling's first husband broke his silence last night to deny any domestic or sexual violence – but bizarrely admitted slapping her. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Arantes insisted he had not yet read his former wife's bombshell essay, in which she spoke of the scars of her past. I’m not sorry for slapping her.’ A parade of Harry Potter stars – who all owe their Hollywood careers to Miss Rowling – lined up to put the boot in, rejecting her concerns about transgender issues. And even Miss Rowling's favourite Harry Potter website, The Leaky Cauldron – the biggest fan site in the world – suggested followers should stop buying her books or watching her films. In her deeply personal and compelling 3,600-word essay posted to her website, Miss Rowling described the dangers of young people being convinced to change their gender and then regretting it.  She savaged 'trans activists' who disagreed with her, and revealed some of the vile insults they had thrown at her for speaking her mind. Yesterday, speaking at his home in Porto, northern Portugal, Mr Arantes told the Daily Mail: 'I'm not exactly aware of what she said but I have nothing to add. Mr Arantes, 52, was quoted in the past as saying he and Miss Rowling had split up after an argument when their daughter Jessica, now 26, was a baby, saying: 'I admit I slapped her very hard in the street. Amid the fallout from Miss Rowling's essay yesterday, Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, joined her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in choosing to attack the creator of the roles that made them famous. Many questioned the timing of their social media posts because they came hours after the author spoke about escaping her 'violent marriage' and also revealed she was seriously sexually assaulted as a young woman. Warner Bros, the Hollywood studio behind the blockbuster Harry Potter films, issued a carefully-worded statement praising 'the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves' while calling for 'understanding of all communities and all people'. Deputy headteacher Sarah Edwards said: 'J K Rowling has tweeted some messages which are considered to be offensive to the LGBT+ community (specifically, transphobic) and we feel that we do not wish to be associated with these views.' However, support for Miss Rowling came from thousands of tweets and messages backing her views that young people may regret changing gender if they are rushed into it.