'Extremely angry' BBC star in sex pictures scandal faces new claims

July 12, 2023

London (AFP) – Allegations mushroomed Wednesday against a star BBC presenter accused of paying a teenager for sexually explicit pictures, as three more people came forward with complaints. Former BBC North America editor Jon Sopel, meanwhile, described the star at the centre of the scandal as "extremely angry" over how the story had unfolded. A fourth person also told The Sun the star sent "creepy" messages containing love hearts and kisses on Instagram when they were aged 17. The scandal has now been frontpage news and the lead story on radio and television news bulletins for six successive days. The BBC has said London's Metropolitan Police asked them to pause their own internal investigation while the force looks at the allegations.