One Nation candidate admits owning sex shop, defends sexual violence joke

A candidate in Pauline Hanson's political party One Nation has admitted owning a sex shop that made an alarming joke about domestic violence.

Townsville candidate Mark Thornton at first denied owning the shop, Cupid's Cabin - claiming he owned a "flooring business".

But after being pressed by a 7 News journalist during a media conference, he admitted it.

Last year the Cupid's Cabin Facebook page made a post that read: "Good sex should be in the gray area between 'tickle fight' and domestic violence."

"That probably comes back to your 50 Shades of Grey type that's out there," Mr Thorton tried to justify.

Mr Thornton says the post was made by his wife, who he says runs the page. He also denied knowledge of a post from September this year, which read: "I'm selling bra's inbox a pic of your t*****s so I could see if I got your size [sic]".

Mr Thornton said he thought the comments were appropriate for a retail business.

Outspoken party leader Ms Hanson appeared surprised by the revelations, and said she would speak to Mr Thornton accordingly.

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