Friday 28 October 2016

Male BBC star quizzed over alleged sex assault on man (23)

A 23-year-old man claims he was sexually assaulted in a hotel room by a BBC celebrity who is said to be a 'regular' on a popular family show

Published 30/01/2016 | 12:52

BBC headquarters in London Photo: BBC
BBC headquarters in London Photo: BBC

A BBC star has been interviewed by police over allegations of a sexual assault on a 23-year-old man in a hotel room.

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The celebrity, who has not been identified for legal reasons, is understood to have denied the allegations, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.

The newspaper reported that the man had been due to take part in filming work with the BBC but had not done so after the corporation was made aware of the allegations.

The Mirror reported that the star makes regular appearances on a popular BBC family show but declined to identify which programme it is. It is claimed the assault took place in a hotel room although the location has also not been disclosed.

The Mirror quotes a police spokeswoman from an unidentified force who said officers “are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a 23-year-old man. The spokeswoman added: “Our enquiries are continuing.”

The investigation comes at a time when the BBC is still reeling from the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Savile, the BBC presenter and disc jockey, was Britain’s most prolific sex offender but both the police and the corporation missed opportunities to catch him in his lifetime.

Dame Janet Smith, who is conducting an inquiry into the BBC’s culture and practices during the years it employed Savile between 1964 and 2007, is expected to be highly critical of the corporation when her final report is published.

In a draft version of the report leaked last week, Dame Janet said: “Finally, I wish to consider whether it is possible that a predatory child abuser could be lurking undiscovered in the BBC even today. The answer is that I think it is possible.”

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