The Metropolitan police have asked the BBC to pause its inquiries into the BBC sex scandal, as it is unsure there has been anything illegal that has taken place.
A leading male presenters was suspended following allegations in The Sun he spent £35,000 buying explicit images from a young person.
BBC’s director general Tim Davie said the initial complaint was “very serious but not criminal”, unlike the claims put to the BBC by the Sun last week that the young person may have been 17 when contact began.
The young person at the heart of the story has said the Sun’s claims of illegal behaviour are “rubbish”.
The young person’s lawyer said: “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.”
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You might agree with Rachel Cunliffe’s tweet: “The BBC presenter row is hugely messy. You’ve basically got a family feud – involving someone who is young but still very much an adult, and their parents – playing out as a 24/7 news story. That’s not in anyone’s interests. Serious questions for the BBC but also for The Sun.”
Caroline Lucas was even more forthright one the matters, telling BBC Politics live: “Once again this has become an opportunity for many on the right to have a go at the BBC… like 30p Lee Anderson saying the BBC is a safe haven for perverts.. this is such a distraction from some very big issues we ought to be discussing.”
Former BBC presenter Roger Bolton said that various Tory MPs are slamming the BBC with no facts at all.
The News Agents podcast chatted about the on-going saga with former editor of The Sun, David Yelland.
He said: “The Sun has the BBC exactly where they want them. Everybody in every coffee bar and pub is talking about this.”
The presenters also reflected on the presenters who came out on social media to deny it was them in question, as rumours flew around social media.
David Yelland also questioned if The Sun broke the BBC story too early.