A presenter for the BBC has been suspended pending an internal investigation of whether this male presenter tried to coerce a teen into sending explicit photos of a sexual nature to him.
The presenter, whose identity is to remain unknown until the investigation is complete, supposedly paid the teen, who is also unidentified but for age reasons, somewhere in the region of £35,000 (about 45,000 US dollars) for these said explicit photos.
The BBC have assured the press that they are going to undergo a thorough investigation alongside the police to try and have an answer as soon as possible.
The claims came from that this presenter started paying for the photos when the teen was 17 was first reported in an article by The Sun on Friday but the article follows the same policy as the BBC in their reluctance to name the man or teen involved.
In a public statement the corporation stated that "it (the BBC) first became aware of a complaint in May," and that "new allegations were put to us (the BBC) on Thursday of a different nature and in addition to our own enquiries we have also been in touch with external authorities, in line with our protocols."
In an article from BBC News, it stated that Tim Davies the general director of the corporation in a staff email stated that these allegations were “taken incredibly seriously” all “to ensure that these matters are handled fairly and with care". The general director then went on to voice his disapproval of “unsubstantiated rumours” about different male BBC presenters.
Furthermore, in The Sun article, it goes on to say that the mother of the supposed victim said that her teenage child “used the cash to fund a crack habit.” She further directed a statement towards the accused BBC presenter and stated that “When I see him on telly, I feel sick. She also felt she had to add that “I blame this BBC for destroying my child’s life,” and “taking my child’s innocence and handing over the money for crack cocaine that could kill my child.”
The apparently well-known BBC presenter has been suspended from any further appearances on the tv channel until the outcome of the investigation is made clear. However, there has been a recent update from the legal representative for the teenager, who has come out saying that the allegations are "rubbish" according to an article by the Independent. This shows the importance of privacy laws dictated in the UK, though the BBC itself is yet to decide its own outcome of this pending investigation.
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