“It Wasn’t Me” – BBC Stars Rush To Deny Explicit Teen Photo Claims

London, UK - 5th April 2014: The outside of a BBC building in central London. The British Broadcasting Corporation also know as the BBC is a public service broadcasting in England

A number of high-profile BBC presenters have stepped forward to deny they are the person responsible for allegedly paying a vulnerable teenager for sexually explicit photos.

On Friday, British tabloid paper The Sun, said that a “top BBC star is off air while allegations he paid a teenager for sexual pictures are being investigated”.

It said that “the well-known presenter is accused of giving the teen more than £35,000 (A$67,161) since they were 17 in return for sordid images”.

The mother of the teenager said that her son had used the money to fund a crack cocaine habit.

She said her child had gone from “a happy-go-lucky youngster to a ghost-like crack addict” in just three years.

She added: “All I want is for this man to stop paying my child for sexual pictures and stop him funding my child’s drug habit.”

“One time he had sent £5,000 (A$9594) in one lump. The money had been in exchange for sexually explicit photographs of my child.”

She went on: “When I see him on telly, I feel sick.

“I blame this BBC man for destroying my child’s life.

“Taking my child’s innocence and handing over the money for crack cocaine that could kill my child.”

The unnamed presenter has been taken off air while the BBC investigates the bombshell claims.

Since the claims hit, a number of high-profile presenters have come forward to deny that they are the person at the centre of the claims.

BBC 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell posted a screenshot showing he had reported a crime to the Metropolitan police after being wrongly accused as the man in question.

He also retweeted legal advice saying that anyone who wrongly names the man can be sued for defamation and will “lose everything you own”. 

Meanwhile football pundit Gary Lineker Tweeted “I hate to disappoint the haters but its not me”.

One Tweeter was keen to point out that the BBC was “quicker to suspend @GaryLineker when he made an accurate remark about the 1930s German era than they’ve been about this 2 month old complaint against whoever it is”. 

In March the UK’s national broadcaster suspended Lineker from the BBC sports show Match Of The Day  for a Tweet in which he compared the UK government’s language around asylum seekers policy to that of “Nazi Germany”.

Presenter Rylan used a Gif of Will Smith’s infamous Oscar moment to kindly ask people to take his name out of their mouths in reference to the story.

Building on Rylan’s Tweet, BBC star Jeremy Vine also added that he is not the BBC presenter in question and is currently actively working.

The BBC said it is in touch with police about the claims.




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