BBC accused of lying about sex photo claims by alleged victim's furious stepfather


The family of a youngster that was allegedly paid for sexual pictures by a BBC presenter has claimed they alerted the national broadcaster to the situation seven weeks ago.

Emails seen by The Sun are said to show that the alleged victim's stepfather contacted the BBC on May 19 regarding significant payments made by the now suspended star.

The family insist that the corporation was made aware of the situation after the presenter attempted to meet the young person, who is said to have a "spiralling" addiction to crack cocaine, at a train station.

The stepdad told the publication: "We put the allegations to them for an hour."

However, it was claimed that the presenter remained on the air and was not spoken to by BBC bosses until The Sun published its allegations.

The alleged victim's stepdad was reported to have only wanted the presenter to cease sending money due to the youngster's worsening drug problems.

He told the news outlet: "Without the money, my partner’s child would have no drugs."

The stepfather accused the BBC of not telling the truth when it said "new allegations" had emerged leading to suspension of the presenter on Sunday.

He claimed that he had been informed that the new claims were that the youngster was 17 when the alleged contact with the presenter began.

However he claims he told the broadcaster that the alleged victim was 20 now and that the contact had been going on over a three year period.

He said:"They’re not telling the truth. I told them the youngster was 20 and it had been going on for three years."

He added: "I told the BBC I had gone to the police in desperation but they couldn’t do anything as they said it wasn’t illegal. They knew all of this."

He also alleged that the flow of cash did not stop, adding: "I don’t even think they spoke to him."

The BBC said it had been investigating a complaint since May and new claims of a "different nature" were brought to it on Thursday.

A BBC spokesperson said previously: "We treat any allegations very seriously and we have processes in place to proactively deal with them.

"As part of that, if we receive information that requires further investigation or examination we will take steps to do this.

"That includes actively attempting to speak to those who have contacted us in order to seek further detail and understanding of the situation.

"If we get no reply to our attempts or receive no further contact that can limit our ability to progress things but it does not mean our enquiries stop.

"If, at any point, new information comes to light or is provided – including via newspapers – this will be acted upon appropriately, in line with internal processes."

The BBC also said it tried to call the family in June, but nobody answered the phone.

A lawyer for the alleged victim says that nothing unlawful or inappropriate happened.

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