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ITV hires top lawyer to investigate Phillip Schofield affair


Over the past week, ITV bosses have faced allegations that they orchestrated a “total cover-up” of the affair and paid the young man a financial settlement after he left the broadcaster in 2021.

It is understood that the man, who has not been identified, has not signed a confidentiality agreement with the broadcaster.

A source has claimed that the man was instead given a “severance package” after giving up his job at Loose Women broadcaster.

The source insisted the payment was not a “special” or “unique” payment, but in line with common practice for ITV staff.

Schofield’s agents at YMU Group, who dropped him after he was found to be lying about having the affair, will also be questioned.

The letter, also sent to Dame Caroline Dinenage, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, aims to “draw a line” under the controversy.

A ‘much inaccuracy’

Dame Carolyn claimed there were “many inaccuracies” in recent media coverage and stressed that ITV had found no evidence of a “hearsay” relationship between the TV runner and Schofield when the rumors first surfaced in late 2019 and early 2020.

The letter goes on to say that the broadcaster felt “seriously let down” when Schofield admitted the true nature of the couple’s relationship.

Dame Carolyn wrote: “We believe that our approach was reasonable and proportionate at the time and in the circumstances. We believe that we had no reason whatsoever to conduct any other type of investigation.”

Ms Mulcahy is co-head of Blackstone Chambers in London and specializes in “employee competition, whistleblowing and discrimination”.

Since Schofield’s resignation, This Morning has been plagued by allegations of ‘toxicity’.

Ranj Singh, the show’s former family doctor, fell for the show’s “toxic” culture, saying he had raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” when he worked there two years ago – and felt afterwards that he ” managed” due to whistleblowing.

In the new letter, ITV said an external review carried out following a complaint from Dr. Ranj, found “no evidence of bullying or discrimination”.

It came after Nadine Dorries, the former culture minister, called for an independent inquiry into ITV’s handling of the row and asked the government to support an inquiry.

Ms. Dorries wrote on Twitter:

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