There are allegations against four young people against an unnamed BBC presenter who is at the center of a sex photos scandal.
New lawsuits surfaced throughout Tuesday and the number of people who have come forward has risen to four.
The Sun originally published claims from the parents of a concerned teenager that a household name paid their vulnerable child thousands of pounds for explicit pictures.
A lawyer for the youngster has since said it was “nonsense” and three other young people have come forward in the following days.
Other BBC journalists involving Jeremy Vine have spoken out, saying the star should get on with it and face the music.
Here’s a quick rundown of the claims made against the BBC star.
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1. ‘Vulnerable’ teenager used BBC presenter’s money to fund crack cocaine addiction, parents say
On Saturday July 8, The Sun published an anonymous interview with the mother and stepfather of an apparently vulnerable youth who had exchanged messages with an unnamed BBC presenter.
They claimed the presenter paid their child £35,000 over a three-year period.
The allegations date back to 2020, when the young man was 17 – and he reportedly used the money to fund a crack cocaine addiction.
They are now 20 years old and on Monday their lawyer said “nothing inappropriate” had happened and branded the claims “rubbish”.
But her parents said they stood by their account that the presenter “had come to mind” – and also questioned how their child could afford to hire a lawyer.
2. The young person felt “threatened” by the moderator at the center of the scandal.
A second person, said to be in their early 20s, then complained about the moderator, saying they felt threatened by him.
They were reportedly contacted anonymously by the man through a dating app and pressured to meet – which never happened.
At the time, they didn’t know who he was.
When the person on social media suggested giving the presenter’s name, she was sent swearword-filled, offensive messages, according to the BBC.
The broadcaster said it saw “a series of threatening messages” and confirmed they were sent from a phone number belonging to the presenter.
BBC News said it had contacted the unnamed star through his lawyer but had received no response to those allegations.
The Beeb said it “saw and verified” the chat.
3. BBC presenter ‘broke Covid lockdown rules’ to meet up with another young person
A third teenager came forward to The Sun and claimed the BBC presenter allegedly broke lockdown rules to meet up with him.
A 23-year-old claimed the celebrity broke lockdown rules to meet her during the Covid-19 pandemic in February 2021.
It has been claimed the 23-year-old traveled across London to another borough to meet her at her flat, having first met on a dating website the previous year.
It was also claimed that the presenter donated £250 to a PayPal account on the day of the alleged hour-long meeting, during which the unnamed presenter and the 23-year-old were “just chatting”.
The Sun claims two further payments of £200 and £250 were made afterwards.
The person said, “I was quite shocked that because of his personality, he broke the rules to meet me.” “I was just a random person on the internet.”
4. The unnamed presenter had “started a conversation” with a 17-year-old “on Instagram” in October 2018.
A fourth young person, now 22, says she received messages with love heart emojis and kisses from the moderator.
The conversation reportedly started on Instagram in October 2018 when they were 17 years old.
The unnamed person branded the news as “creepy” and “in retrospect.”
They said they were “stunned” at the sending of a love heart emoji.
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