Sunday 25 September 2016

BBC won't report The Voice UK drug use contestant Beth Morris to police

Published 28/03/2016 | 08:09

Beth Morris on The Voice UK/BBC
Beth Morris on The Voice UK/BBC

The BBC has not reported The Voice UK contestant Beth Morris to police following her admission that she is battling a drug problem.

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Morris (26) from Berkshire had made it to the quarter finals on the talent show and was due to sing on Saturday, but pulled out at the last minute.

She released a statement saying she had left for "personal reasons" and told the Sun on Sunday that she had relapsed after receiving treatment for a "problem with drugs".

A spokesman for the BBC told The Telegraph, "We have followed strict procedures whilst ensuring the utmost duty of care to Beth. Following legal advice neither the BBC nor the production company have reported this incident to the police.

"Producers were not made aware of Beth’s issues when she joined The Voice. When they came to light this week we agreed with her that the best course of action would be to withdraw from the competition. We are offering her all the support she needs and wish her well with her recovery and her future career.”

Beth told The Mirror, "I am sorry. I am an addict. I have let everybody down on the show. Two years ago I realised I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues in my life."

The popular songstress, who was considered a frontrunner to win the show, checked into the Priory clinic for treatment two years ago.

"I made the decision myself to seek treatment and checked into the Priory clinic. It gave me strength and helped me face the world. It changed me for the better," she added.

"But addiction is tough. And I am sorry to say that I have relapsed on a few occasions since I left. When this has happened I have immediately sought help.

"I regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help me get back on track. Being in the Priory gave me the tools to face up to my illness and it definitely helped me on the road to recovery."

A separate contestant Chloe Castro also withdrew from the show at the last minute on Saturday, but the network stressed both situations are unrelated and Chloe left for "health reasons."

Presenter Emma Willis told viewers that the 12 finalists were down to 10.  Two more contestants were voted off the show on Saturday - Harry Fisher and Dubliner Lauren Lapsley-Brown.

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