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Julia Sloane Hires PR Firm To Rebuild Image After Making Racial Slur On The Real Housewives Of Auckland!

According to a new report, lawyers were called in due to this week's controversial episode of The Real Housewives of Auckland, and apparently it wasn't the first time footage from the Bravo New Zealand reality series was challenged. It's also reported that Julia Sloane and her husband have hired PR team to clear her image following racial slur scandal.

Stuff reports that Investment banker Michael Lorimer and his wife Julia Sloane sought legal representation in their bid to get an incident in which Sloane calls her co-star Michelle Blanchard a "boat n....." in the sixth episode downplayed.

Bravo NZ initially refused to remove the incident – around which the episode revolves – the episode was ratings winner due to the advance publicity.

Sloane and Lorimer also had reservations about episode four of the reality series, filmed partly at their Matakana vineyard. In that episode, which aired on September 7, Sloane brings out a bag of sex toys while entertaining her co-stars. Among other items, she holds out her husband's cock ring for the women to examine.

The website claims that Sloane asked for amendments to be made to the episode and some footage was cut just days before it aired on Bravo.

Amid the controversy on this week's episode, the couple have hired one of the public relations industry's heaviest hitters to represent them, Deborah Pead of Pead PR, to defend their image. Pead has gagged her new clients from speaking to media.

However, Pead sent Stuff Sloane's apology for the derogatory comment, which happened while the women were on holiday in Port Douglas, but said Sloane would "not say anything further than what is in the apology".

In her apology, Sloane refers to the incident as "off-camera and off-the-cuff".

"I wasn't thinking, I made a mistake and I have apologised to Michelle for my remark," said Sloane, who is understood to be distressed by the fallout and how it has been handled.

The racial insult was uttered off camera but was caught on microphone. Then the women were filmed speaking about it at length.

"There is no excuse for using offensive words under any circumstances and I have learned from this foolish mistake," said Sloane.

There is some confusion as to what "boat n....." even means. Sloane described it as an old boating term. Blanchard, of English and Jamaican heritage, took it to be a racist slur, as did the other women present.

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy also found it racist saying: "I do not think that ignorant, overt racist behaviour is part of Kiwi culture so we all need to call it out when it rears its very ugly head. People like Julia need to understand that using words like that is not how we roll here. That is not us."

The Urban Dictionary defines "boat n....." as "middle-class white girls (usually) who go crewing on a voluntary (usually) basis on larger cruising or racing yachts on their gap year. Occasionally in the hope of meeting a male (usually) crewman from a middle class background and income bracket for like-minded travel, fun and sex".

Photo Credit: Bravo NZ