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Ched Evans complains to broadcaster Gloria Hunniford over broadcaster's 'sex education' comments

Allan Preston

Published 19/10/2016 | 08:45

Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford
Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford
Chesterfield's Ched Evans leaves Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey

Gloria Hunniford may be facing legal action from footballer Ched Evans, after she said he would be "the last person I'd be sending my grandchildren to for sex education".

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The Northern Irish broadcaster made the comments on ITV's Loose Women programme, after hearing Mr Evans had been cleared in Cardiff Crown Court of raping a 19-year-old woman.

Although convicted of the offence in 2012, the verdict was quashed and he was cleared of the charges last week after a retrial. He has always maintained that he and another footballer had consensual sex with his accuser.

"It shows the type of man he is though," said Ms Hunniford. "Maybe I'm naive because I'm of an era where a threesome meant the three bears. And this girl apparently, as it turned out, is so drunk, it's almost like making love to a dead body. In my mind, I just can't comprehend all of that and Ched Evans would be the last person I'd be sending my grandchildren to for any kind of sex education."

A statement on the footballer's website said Ms Hunniford's comments "marked a watershed in the media coverage following Ched's unanimous acquittal of rape at Cardiff Crown Court, after serving 30 months for a crime he always denied and has now been exonerated of."

"Ched has always acknowledged his behaviour was morally unacceptable - but consensual."

Ched Evans leaves Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey after being found not guilty of rape .
Ched Evans leaves Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey after being found not guilty of rape .

The statement added: "Gloria Hunniford on Loose Women yesterday misrepresented the evidence presented at Cardiff Crown Court in this respect, and his family are now actively considering their legal options. Opinion is acceptable - but misinformation broadcast on prime time television - is not."

A spokesman for Loose Women has said: "We've received a complaint from the father of Ched Evans' partner, to which we are responding."

Campaigners reacted angrily after Mr Evans was cleared, with many voicing concerns that the case had set a dangerous precedent. Justice for Women co-founder, Julie Bindel, said Mr Evans' case had set the fight for justice for victims of rape and sexual assault back by 30 years, "at least".

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