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BBC to stand by Chris Evans as he faces 'police investigation over sexual offence allegations'

Sasha Brady

Published 04/07/2016 | 10:01

Chris Evans has defended his show from criticism. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Chris Evans has defended his show from criticism. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc during the first episode of Top Gear

The BBC is to stand by Chris Evans as the presenter faces police investigation over sexual offence allegations.

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The Top Gear host is reportedly facing police questioning following a complaint from a former colleague

According to reports by The Sun, the allegations come just after an unknown woman, who worked alongside the star in the 1990's, accused him of “flashing her almost every day for two years”.

She said he exposed himself to people who did not do what he wanted. She added: “He might have thought what he was doing was amusing, but like a lot of bullies he cloaked it in a joke.

“Bullies make out that you’re not being fun if you’re not being part of that joke."

Evans denies the claims and said in May, when the allegations first surfaced, that they amounted to a “witch hunt”.

He added: “All these bullying claims and other allegations are just ridiculous.”

It is understood that neither the BBC nor Evans have been contacted by detectives in relation to the claims.

Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc during the first episode of Top Gear
Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc during the first episode of Top Gear

His bosses at the broadcasting giant have stood by the host as he continues presenting his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

The 50-year-old is also said to be focusing on preparing for filming for the second series of his newly-revamped Top Gear, which begins production in September.

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