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Claims about BBC presenter ‘rubbish’ says young person’s lawyer

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Allegations about a BBC presenter paying £35,000 for sexually explicit photos are ‘rubbish’ according to the lawyer of the young person involved. In a legal statement released tonight they claim that the child’s mother has made inaccurate statements to the Sun newspaper about the nature of the relationship between the unknown Corporation star and their client.

The statement says that the young person sent a denial to the Sun on Friday evening saying there was ‘no truth to it’. However, the ‘inappropriate article’ was still published, the lawyer says. In their letter, they write that: ‘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.’

On Friday night the Sun reported the claims of the child’s mother that she had seen bank account statements showing payments totalling more than £35,000 between the presenter and her offspring. She claimed the presenter requested ‘performances’ and that her child had used the cash to fund an addiction to crack cocaine which had ‘destroyed’ their life.

A spokesperson for the Sun has now told the BBC: ‘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. 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.’

The Metropolitan Police are meanwhile ‘assessing’ information from the Corporation over the allegations made against the presenter.

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