Game of Thrones: Viewers call for boycott of hit show after 'disgusting' rape scene

Viewers of Game of Thrones have called for a boycott of the hit show after a controversial rape scene.

The most recent episode showed character Sansa Stark being violently raped on her wedding night by her new husband Ramsay Bolton, who forces another character, Theon Greyjoy, to watch.

The scene differs from the plot in George RR Martin's novels on which the show is based, and fans - including US senator Claire McCaskill - reacted angrily, saying it was "disgusting" and only used for "shock value".

HBO has so far refused to comment on the criticism.

Actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, said she "kinda loved" the "messed up" scene.

"'When I read that scene, I kinda loved it," the 19-year-old told Entertainment Weekly.

"I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up,"

Sophie Turner has defended the controversial scene. Credit: HBO

It is not the first time the show - which is known for its graphic scenes featuring beheadings and torture - has been criticised for showing sexual violence.

Last year, Jaime Lannister was shown forcing himself on his sister Cersei next to the body of their dead son.