BONSERNEWS.com – Scandal rocked the BBC broadcast industry as western media buzzed over allegations that a popular presenter allegedly paid teenage girls to get inappropriate photos.
The drama developed further when other young people stepped forward and claimed they were contacted online by the star and felt threatened when they refused to meet.
The first claim against the BBC presenter involved a teenage girl who allegedly received thousands of pounds for sending inappropriate photographs to the presenter.
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However, the teenager, who is now 20 years old, denied the claims and called them “nonsense” passed on by his family.
This action came to attention after The Sun newspaper published claims from the teenager’s family.
According to the family, the presenter paid around £35,000 ($A68,000) to take photos and video call the teenager when he was 17 years old.
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While the age of consent in the UK is 16, the distribution of sexual images of persons under the age of 18 is illegal in England and Wales.
The teenager’s family claims that the money the teenager received was then used to finance his drug habit.
The teenager’s family reported the case to the BBC in May, but they claim the presenter continued to appear on shows until The Sun disclosed the claims last week.
In response, the BBC fired the presenter and started an investigation.
At this time no legal action has been taken, and no criminal investigation has been initiated.
However, the Metropolitan Police in London are evaluating whether there is sufficient reason to initiate an investigation.