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Big Brother in hot water following backlash against Helen Wood's 'rapist' comments

Published 25/06/2015 | 11:14

Helen Wood on Big Brother
Helen Wood on Big Brother
Helen Wood said fellow contestant Brian Belo looked like a rapist and a murderer

Big Brother contestant Helen Wood has sparked controversy yet again - with complaints pouring in after she compared a fellow housemate to a rapist and murderer.

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Wood caused anger during the last Channel 5 series, which she went on to win, when Ofcom received 3,784 complaints, many about her behaviour and allegations of bullying.

Now the communications watchdog has received 1,100 more complaints about Wood after she said during last night's show that Brian Belo looked like a rapist and a murderer.

Belo, another former winner who triumphed in 2007, quit the show following the row.

He climbed over the garden wall to escape barely a week after he was brought back to the house with Wood and another ex-Big Brother star, Nikki Grahame.

The row, which resulted in Wood being given a formal warning, saw Belo describe her as having "no principles, morals or self-respect" while she taunted him: "Straitjackets in the store room. Psycho."

Speaking in the diary room after the argument, he said: "I feel like I'm being ganged up on. I don't want to cry. I've tried to keep away from there.

"I shouldn't have come back here. This is really hard. I feel like I'm living in hell. I'm defeated. I'm getting a barrage of abuse."

Afterwards he told Grahame: "I just feel degraded," before quitting the Channel 5 show.

Ofcom said that it was deciding whether to investigate.

A spokesman said: "Ofcom has received 1,100 complaints about Big Brother on Channel 5 on June 24th. We will assess these complaints before deciding whether to investigate or not."

Viewers saw Wood tell Belo: "Brian you look like a rapist, you look like a murderer, murderer slash rapist."

Ofcom found Big Brother in breach of the Broadcasting Code in 2014, for offensive language.

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