UPDATE: Lawyer For Young Person In BBC Presenter Scandal Claims Story Is ‘Rubbish’

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UPDATE: Monday, July 10 at 8:10 pm

In an incredible turn of events, a lawyer representing the young person who allegedly received payment from an unnamed BBC presenter for explicit images has rubbished the story.

According to the BBC, as reported in its BBC News At Six, it received a letter this afternoon from a lawyer stating that their client sent a Whatsapp message to The Sun newspaper last Friday 7. It is claimed that in the message, they denied everything that their mother had originally told the news outlet.

The paper went ahead and published what the client and their lawyer allegedly described as ‘their inappropriate article’, the letter reportedly added.

As reported by the BBC this evening, the letter read: “For the avoidance of doubt, nothing inappropriate or unlawful has taken place between our client and the BBC personality and the allegations reported in the Sun newspaper are ‘rubbish'”.

The BBC then reported that it had received a statement from The Sun, that allegedly read: ‘We have reported a story about two very concerned parents who made a complaint to the BBC about the behaviour of a presenter and the welfare of their child’.

It continued: ‘Their complaint was not acted upon by the BBC. We have seen evidence that supports their concerns. It’s now for the BBC to properly investigate’.

BBC News clarified that it had never spoken directly with the young person allegedly involved and had no idea of their identity.

It also said it had not seen the dossier that the young person’s family is alleged to have handed to the corporation last weekend, nor any of the evidence that The Sun claimed to have relating to the incident.

Sunday, July 9 at 5 pm

An unnamed male presenter has been suspended by the BBC in connection with allegations of paying a teenager more than £35,000 for sexually explicit images.

‘The BBC takes any allegations seriously and we have robust internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations’, the broadcaster said in a statement released this Sunday, July 9.

It continued: ‘This is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances and the BBC is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts in order to properly inform appropriate next steps. It is important that these matters are handled fairly and with care’.

According to The Sun, a complaint was first lodged back in May, with further allegations surfacing last Thursday 6. The Beeb promised to act ‘appropriately and actively’ in following up on any new information that should come to light.

‘We expect to be in a position to provide a further update in the coming days as the process continues. The BBC Board will continue to be kept up to date’, the statement concluded.

Social media users warned not to post false accusations

Social media users have been warned by experts to avoid attempting to make false accusations online after certain posts to that effect typically appeared.

Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor took to Twitter to inform members of the public what could happen to them should they post such messages.

“Bit of legal advice on ‘BBC presenter story’ If you name someone and get it wrong then they may sue you for defamation and you can say goodbye to everything you own. So don’t”.

Several big names made a point of issuing messages on social media over the weekend in an effort to distance themselves from any suspicions.

‘I have spoken to BBC Director General Tim Davie about the deeply concerning allegations involving one of its presenters. He has assured me the BBC are investigating swiftly and sensitively’, tweeted the UK Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer.

The minister added: ‘Given the nature of the allegations it is important that the BBC is now given the space to conduct its investigation, establish the facts and take appropriate action. I will be kept updated’.

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Chris King

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