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An esteemed BBC anchor has been suspended following allegations of paying a teenager a substantial sum of money for explicit photographs.
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The corporation issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, confirming the suspension, but refrained from disclosing the identity of the person involved.
The BBC is currently engaged in discussions with the Metropolitan Police regarding the matter. It is understood that the BBC had already been in contact with the police prior to The Sun newspaper publishing its allegations about the unidentified star on Friday.
According to the British tabloid, the prominent presenter allegedly paid over £35,000 ($45,000) to a teenager in exchange for explicit images.
The purported exchanges took place in 2020 when the teenager was 17 years old. It has been reported that the individual used the money to support a crack cocaine addiction.
In the UK, it is illegal to possess, distribute, or display any indecent images of individuals under the age of 18, even if such content was created with the consent of the young person.
The BBC has faced significant scrutiny in recent hours over why it did not take prompt action against the unidentified presenter.
The teenager's mother informed The Sun that she lodged a complaint with the BBC on May 19, yet the presenter continued to host high-profile programs until last week.
In its statement, the corporation appeared to address concerns about its perceived inaction, stating that the allegations reported by The Sun differed in nature from the complaint received in May.
The BBC stated, "The BBC takes any allegations seriously, and we have robust internal processes in place to proactively address such claims. This is a complex and rapidly evolving situation, and the BBC is working diligently to establish the facts in order to determine appropriate next steps."
"We recognize the importance of handling these matters fairly and with care. We have made it clear that if new information emerges or is provided to us at any point, it will be acted upon appropriately and thoroughly investigated."
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"The BBC first became aware of a complaint in May. On Thursday, new allegations of a different nature were brought to our attention. In addition to conducting our own inquiries, we have also engaged with external authorities, as per our protocols."
"We can confirm that a male staff member has been suspended. We expect to provide a further update in the coming days as the process unfolds. The BBC Board will remain fully informed."
Earlier on Sunday, the UK government urged the BBC to investigate the "deeply concerning" claims urgently and sensitively. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer and BBC Director General Tim Davie are in communication.
The teenager's mother blamed the presenter for "ruining my child's life." She revealed that the presenter made little effort to conceal his identity and requested specific "performances."
Deadline has spoken to numerous BBC and industry sources about the presenter's identity, and one individual's name has been repeatedly mentioned. Other presenters, including Gary Lineker, have had to deny being the mystery star amid rampant and defamatory speculation on social media.