In a statement to investigators, Capt. Owen Honors said he had “affirmative and tacit approval of senior Navy leadership” when he made and broadcast a series of videos to the crew of the carrier Enterprise in 2006 and 2007.
The former Enterprise commander said in his 15-page statement to Fleet Forces Command that the ship’s two commanding officers, two strike group admirals and “myriad other senior military and civilian distinguished visitors” were aware of the videos, Navy Times reported Sunday.
Dave Brown, managing editor of Navy Times, said Honors’ statement includes two points — that senior leadership encouraged the videos by discussing them weekly and that Honors was never told to stop making them — that contradict what the Navy has reported.
The videos were first made public by The Virginian-Pilot this month. Since then, they’ve been broadcast by media outlets across the globe. They include sexual jokes, subordinates parading in drag, anti-gay slurs, and Sailors pretending to masturbate, shower together and perform rectal exams.
Honors produced them during his tenure as the ship’s executive officer, or XO. They were part of what he called “XO Movie Night,” and they were meant to entertain the crew.