Saturday 17 August 2019

Ofcom will not investigate Love Island over complaints about treatment of Lucie

There were 700 complaints about the way she was treated by Joe Garratt and other girls in the villa.

Lucie Donlan on the Capital Breakfast programme (Capital Breakfast/Global/PA)
Lucie Donlan on the Capital Breakfast programme (Capital Breakfast/Global/PA)

By Laura Harding, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Ofcom will not investigate Love Island after complaints were made about the treatment of former contestant Lucie Donlan.

Some 700 people contacted the watchdog about the way the surfer was being treated by her partner Joe Garratt and other female contestants while she was on the show.

Both Joe and Lucie have since been axed from the series but before his departure Joe left Lucie in tears after telling her to stay away from other boys on the programme.

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After that nailbiting vote, Joe has unfortunately left the Love Island villa♥️🏝We want to thank all of Joe’s followers for their endless support. We also want to wish the remaining islanders the best of luck in the rest of the programme, especially @lucierosedonlan who Joe genuinely cares for and enjoyed his time with💚🏄‍♀️ Speaking on behalf of Joe’s best friends, we acknowledge Joe will come out to some warranted criticism. However, we deem the majority of it to be unfair and non representative of Joe’s true character. The producers have the ability to show someone in a particular light, choosing just 45 mins of footage from 24 hours to tell a certain narrative. Joe will know he is coming home to the best family and group of friends about. We are all buzzing to see our boy. But from #thesandwichman.... that’s a wrap ♥️🏝🌯

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This led to domestic violence charity Woman’s Aid to speak out about his “abusive behaviour”.

Joe later told The Sun: “I didn’t manipulate or abuse her and I’m gutted it’s been perceived that way.

“I’d do everything and anything to help her as she had a hard time in there and didn’t get on with the girls. I thought I did right.”

Ofcom said in a statement: “We assessed complaints about the treatment of one of the contestants by her partner and others.

“While we understand some viewers were concerned for her well-being, we think most viewers would expect to see emotionally-charged scenes in a programme which shines a light on people’s relationships.

“We also took into account that the contestant received support from others, particularly following her partner’s departure.”

Ofcom will also not investigate after 288 viewers complained that Anna Vakili and Amber Gill bullied Danny Williams and Arabella Chi after he chose to couple up with the model instead of their friend Yewande Biala.

The watchdog said: “We recognise that a number of viewers disapproved of some contestants’ behaviour in these episodes, and were concerned about its effect on the others.

“We think most viewers would expect highly-charged, confrontational scenes as the contestants explore new friendships and relationships.”

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