Who are the top BBC presenters who have denied being the star who 'paid for sex pics from teen'? | The Sun

A BBC presenter has been taken off air and suspended while he's investigated over allegations of paying a teen for sexual pictures.

The man, who has not been named, is said to have paid the youngster more than £35,000 over the last three years.

Who are the BBC presenters who have ruled out being the star?

Gary Lineker, Rylan Clark and Jeremy Vine have denied they're the BBC star.

Lineker – who fronts the BBC's Match of the Day – yesterday hit out at the social media allegations.

He wrote: "Hate to disappoint the haters but it’s not me."

It came after Rylan, 34, who co-hosts the Beeb’s Eurovision coverage and is filming a travelogue for the Corporation, responded on Twitter.

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The former X Factor contestant shared a meme of Oscar-slap actor Will Smith and wrote: "Not sure why my name’s floating about but re that story in The Sun – that ain’t me babe.

"I’m currently filming a show in Italy for the BBC, so take my name out ya mouths."

Vine, 58, who hosts a news programme on Radio 2, tweeted: "Just to say I’m very much looking forward to hosting my radio show on Monday.

"Whoever the 'BBC presenter' in the news is, I have the same message for you as Rylan did earlier: it certainly ain’t me."

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What has the BBC star done?

The unnamed top BBC star is off air while allegations he paid the teenager for sexual pictures are investigated.

Sleazy messages are alleged to have started in 2020, when the youngster was 17.

The family say the BBC presenter never hid his identity and even sent pictures of himself at work.

She said she was told the star requested “performances” and, heartbreakingly, her child said they would “get their bits out”.

On Sunday the BBC said: “The BBC takes any allegations seriously and we have robust internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations.

“This is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances and the BBC is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts in order to properly inform appropriate next steps.

“It is important that these matters are handled fairly and with care.

“We have been clear that if – at any point – new information comes to light or is provided to us, this will be acted upon appropriately and actively followed up.

“The BBC first became aware of a complaint in May. 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.

“We can also confirm a male member of staff has been suspended.

“We expect to be in a position to provide a further update in the coming days as the process continues. The BBC Board will continue to be kept up to date.”

The star was suspended by BBC, after Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer sat down with the BBC boss Tim Davie.

Davie said he was taking the allegations "incredibly seriously".

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What has been said about the BBC star?

The BBC star has not been named, but he is a familiar face who is known to millions.

On Saturday night the presenter was off air while the BBC investigated the mother’s bombshell claims.

She said: "When I see him on telly, I feel sick. I blame this BBC man for destroying my child’s life.

"Taking my child’s innocence and handing over the money for crack cocaine that could kill my child."

The family complained to the BBC about his behaviour on May 19 and begged them to make the man “stop sending the cash”.

They had discovered that their child has been using the money to fund their spiralling addiction to crack cocaine.

The furious mother told how her child had gone from “a happy-go-lucky youngster to a ghost-like crack addict” in just three years.

They approached The Sun, making it clear they wanted no payment.

The mother said: “All I want is for this man to stop paying my child for sexual pictures and stop him funding my child’s drug habit.”

She told how her child, now 20, had shown her an online bank statement that had numerous deposits from the star.

Holding back tears, she added: “There were huge sums, hundreds, or thousands of pounds at a time. 

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“One time he had sent £5,000 in one lump. The money had been in exchange for sexually explicit photographs of my child.” 

On Sunday it was revealed the man could be charged by cops, and face years behind bars.

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