A HOUSEMATE on Brazilian Big Brother was allegedly raped live on television in front of millions of viewers.
Police moved into the Rio de Janeiro studio where the wildly popular reality show is filmed and removed Monique Amin, a 23-year-old student who they believe may have been assaulted after passing out following drink-fueled party.
Night vision cameras showed male model Daniel Echaniz, 31, climb into bed with her on Saturday and appear to have sex with her as she lay unconscious underneath a leopard print sheet.
On Sunday morning, she appeared in the 'diary room' - a cubicle where housemates make confessions to an omniscient Big Brother - and appeared to have no recollection of what had happened in the communal bedroom.
Detectives interviewed her for three hours inside the contestants' house and then took her away for a rape examination. A police spokeswoman in Brazil confirmed that an investigation had been opened into the allegations.
Echaniz has not been arrested or charged with any crime but was removed from the programme by producers for "gravely inadequate" behaviour.
The show's presenter, Pedro Bial, told viewers: "Big Brother examined his behaviour without jumping to conclusions and with the utmost care. The images showed a breach of the rules of the programme."
Amin remains on the show whose most recent series only began last week. It averages around 8 million viewers per episode and attracted 154 million votes for last year's final - around 50 million more than were cast in Brazil's 2010 presidential election.
The Brazilian show is produced by Endemol, a Netherlands-based television company that was also responsible for the British version. The company has often been criticised for 'baiting' its contestants with alcohol and thrusting them into situations seemingly designed to cause conflict.
A spokeswoman for the company did not immediately return requests for comment.