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BBC under fire over sexual harassment issue

 

 

The BBC has come under fire this week after allegedly refusing to investigate sexual harassment claims against Chris Evans.

A former colleague of the DJ sent an email to Director General Lord Hall listing a number of claims regarding Evans.

She said that over the two years they worked together, he ‘flashed his penis’ daily and once grabbed her breasts, reports the Metro.

The woman added that the 51-year-old DJ would ‘sometimes touch himself’ in front of her. However this week she was allegedly told that there would not be a probe into the claims, because they did not take place while he was employed by the BBC.

Talking to The Sun, Tory Andrew Bridgen said: I’m appalled Lord Hall and the BBC have tried to sweep these very serious allegations under the carpet.

Post-Jimmy Savile, the BBC should be whiter than white. I know I’m not alone in wondering if Chris Evans is a fit and proper person to work at the BBC. The Director-General must investigate this immediately.

Chris Evans was investigated last year after the woman claimed he exposed himself to her in the 1990s on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast.

The DJ denied the claims and said he was the victim of ‘a witch hunt’. In her email to Lord Hall, the woman said that she has had to ‘live with what happened for two decades and it still haunts me’.

Balram Veliath, the BBC’s director of quality, risk and assurance, reportedly replied to the woman on Lord Hall’s behalf.

He said: The matters you raise do not relate to events that took place in relation to a BBC programme, and date back over 20 years.

It is our understanding the police concluded that there was insufficient evidence. For these reasons we do not think that the BBC could have relevant information relating to your allegations.

A spokesperson for the BBC, said: We take these issues very seriously and are committed to dealing with matters responsibly and fairly when they are raised with us.

We wouldn’t comment on individuals but the matters raised do not relate to a BBC programme and date back more than 20 years, and press reports in 2016 stated that the police investigated – including interviewing under caution and concluded that there was insufficient evidence.

For these reasons we do not think that the BBC could have relevant information relating to the allegations made.

If an individual has information that might change the police’s judgement, then that would be a matter to raise directly with them.

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