‘It’s dreadful and hilarious!’ Anatomy Of A Scandal viewers mock Rupert Friend’s VERY bizarre behaviour after his character is accused of rape

Anatomy Of A Scandal has been brutally mocked by viewers for a ‘dreadful and hilarious’ end to its opening episode after it was released on Netflix on Friday.

The series, which sees Rupert Friend take on the role of a disgraced MP accused of sexually assaulting a young political aide, saw its first episode end with his character oddly reenacting a gut-punch after being approached by police.

The clip, which was shared by a fan on Twitter over the weekend, eventually went viral, with one fan tweeting they nearly ‘spit out their food’ while watching the scene.

Strange! Anatomy Of A Scandal has been brutally mocked by viewers for a ‘dreadful and hilarious’ end to its opening episode after it was released on Netflix on Friday

The series, sees immigration minister James Whitehouse (Friend) faced with allegations he sexually assualted a young aide called Olivia (Naomi Scott) and cheated on his wife Sophie (Sienna Miller).

Things take a dramatic turn when James is approached by police at the end of the first episode, telling him they’re investigating an accusation of rape.

James is then seen flying backwards in slow-motion to mimic an invisible gut punch before the episode cuts to credits.

Odd: The series' first episode ended with his character oddly reenacting a gut-punch after being approached by police with accusations of rape

Odd: The series’ first episode ended with his character oddly reenacting a gut-punch after being approached by police with accusations of rape

What is that? The clip, which was shared by a fan on Twitter over the weekend, eventually went viral, with one fan tweeting they nearly 'spit out their food' while watching the scene

What is that? The clip, which was shared by a fan on Twitter over the weekend, eventually went viral, with one fan tweeting they nearly ‘spit out their food’ while watching the scene

Bombshell: The series, sees immigration minister James Whitehouse (Friend) faced with allegations he sexually assualted a young political aide called Olivia

Bombshell: The series, sees immigration minister James Whitehouse (Friend) faced with allegations he sexually assualted a young political aide called Olivia

What? Things take a dramatic turn when James is approached by police at the end of the first episode, telling him they're investigating an accusation of rape

What? Things take a dramatic turn when James is approached by police at the end of the first episode, telling him they’re investigating an accusation of rape

The ending was shared by a fan on Twitter, who wrote: ‘Anatomy of a Scandal is dreadful and hilarious. This is how the first episode ends.’ 

Since then the clip has been viewed more than 92,000 times, and sparked a slew of reactions from fans poking fun at the moment.

One replied: ‘I… did not expect that. Nearly spit out my food in the break room,’ while another added: ‘The ending of the first episode of Anatomy of a Scandal is goofy as s*** what was that.’

Taking a hit? James is then seen flying backwards in slow-motion to mimic an invisible gut punch before the episode cuts to credits

Taking a hit? James is then seen flying backwards in slow-motion to mimic an invisible gut punch before the episode cuts to credits

‘How is that not a reaction GIF yet?’ one fan added 

A fan also posted: ‘This finally tipped the answer to ”no” on the question running through my mind for the entire episode: This show seems quite awful, but it’s worth it just to spend several brainless minutes enjoying how amazing Sienna Miller looks in every outfit.’

The six-part series focuses on the trial and James’ attempts to prove his innocence as Sophie struggles to consider her husband might not be the man she thought he was.

Amusing: The clip has been viewed more than 92,000 times, and sparked a slew of reactions from fans poking fun at the moment

Amusing: The clip has been viewed more than 92,000 times, and sparked a slew of reactions from fans poking fun at the moment

The trailer opens with James off-screen saying: ‘It meant nothing. It was just sex.’

The project is produced by Big Little Lies’ David E. Kelley.

It’s thought the series will focus on a different political scandal each season in an anthology style, similar to BBC’s A Very English Scandal according to Deadline.

Anatomy Of A Scandal is available on Netflix.

Tense: The six-part series focuses on the trial and James' attempts to prove his innocence as his wife Sophie struggles to consider her husband might not be the man she thought he was

Tense: The six-part series focuses on the trial and James’ attempts to prove his innocence as his wife Sophie struggles to consider her husband might not be the man she thought he was

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