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BBC Presenter Suspended After Allegedly Paying Teen For Explicit Photos

The BBC presenter has been suspended after being accused of paying a 17-year-old £35,000 (76,200 AUD) for sexually explicit photos.

The corporation said an initial complaint over the unnamed TV presenter was made in May, but new allegations on Thursday had put them in a different nature.

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Police contacted the company, but no formal allegations were made.

According to an article published by the Sun on Sunday evening, the TV presenter made two so-called “panic calls” to the young person after the article was published.

The publication said the presenter asked the young person, “What have you done” and asked them to ring their mother to “stop the investigation”.

The paper also said the young person’s family was upset by BBC’s latest statement, saying “non-one from the corporation rang them for a proper interview after the initial complaint”.

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Several well-known figures have come forward publicly to deny any involvement in the allegations. 

TV presenter Rylan Clark took to Twitter to address the matter, stating, “Not sure why my name is being mentioned, but regarding the story in the sun, that’s not me, babe. I’m currently filming a show in Italy for the BBC, so kindly refrain from associating my name with it.”

“New allegations were put to us on Thursday of a different nature, and in addition to our own enquiries, we have also been in touch with external authorities, in line with our protocols,” BBC said.

In an email to staff, BBC director general Tim Davie said such allegations were taken “incredibly seriously”.

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