Mum of Big Brother housemate Conor McIntyre has insisted that her son isn't a bully.
The comments come after more than 1,000 complained about Conor's outburst against fellow housemate Deana last month, leading to an investigation from telly watchdog Ofcom.
Conor's mom Siobhan insisted however that his rant rant was just a "one-off".
"He's not a bully," she insisted. "His outburst about Deana was a one-off. Being in that house, he's in a state of captivity. He was frustrated and angry."
Conor was given an official warning by Big Brother after the incident, but was allowed to stay in the house.
His mum meanwhile blamed Irish culture on his comments being taken out of context.
"There needs to be an understanding that Irish people are very direct in how we think about things," she explained. "There's been a bit of misinterpretation of Conor's culture.
"We are very fine Irish family with good morals. Everything I've seen I'm very proud of. I don't think he realised what he was saying."