There are allegations involving four young people against an anonymous BBC presenter at the center of a sex scandal.
The Sun originally published claims from the parents of a concerned young man who said a household name had paid their vulnerable son thousands of pounds for explicit photos.
A lawyer for the young man has since called this “rubbish” and insisted nothing illegal had happened.
In the days since, three other young people have appeared in the press to make accusations about the presenter, who has not been identified.
1. ‘Vulnerable’ teen used BBC presenter’s money to finance his crack addiction, parents say
On Saturday July 8, The Sun published an anonymous interview with the mother and stepfather of an apparently vulnerable young man who had been exchanging messages with an anonymous BBC presenter.
The parents alleged that their son was 17 when the relationship began and that they had sent him £35,000 over a three-year period for explicit images.
But on Monday, a lawyer acting on the young man’s behalf denied these claims.
2. Young man “felt threatened” by presenter in center of scandal
A second individual, believed to be in his 20s, told BBC News that he had contacted the anonymous presenter through a dating app.
At that time they did not know who he was.
The young man said he felt pressured to meet with him, but never did.
When they hinted online that they had contact with the presenter and might name him, it is claimed that he sent them abusive messages.
The BBC claimed that it had “seen and verified” the chat.
3. BBC presenter ‘broke Covid lockdown rules’ to meet estranged young man
A third young man came forward to claim in The Sun that the BBC presenter allegedly broke blackout rules to meet him.
It was claimed that a 23-year-old traveled across London to another county to meet them at their flat in February 2021 after first meeting on a dating site the previous year.
It was also claimed that on the day of the alleged hour-long meeting, during which the anonymous presenter and the 23-year-old “just chatted”, the presenter said a £250 gift to a PayPal account.
The Sun claims that two further payments of £200 and £250 were subsequently made.
4. The anonymous presenter allegedly sent Instagram messages to another teenager
A fourth young man claims he was contacted on Instagram by the anonymous presenter, who sent him love hearts and ‘x’ kisses, The Sun claims.
The fourth unidentified person, who said he was 17 at the time, called the messages “creepy”, “looking back now”.
They said they were “surprised” by the sending of a love heart emoji.