The BBC presenter suspended for allegedly paying an adolescent for specific photographs is alleged to have made panicked telephone calls to the younger particular person final week as The Solar reported on the claims.

The British tabloid reported on Monday that the star, who is just not being named by UK media for authorized causes, phoned {the teenager} to ask: “What have you done?”

The presenter additionally tried to cease {the teenager}’s mom, who seems to be the supply of The Solar‘s reporting, to halt the investigation by the BBC.

The mom reportedly complained to the BBC concerning the presenter in Could and informed the story of her little one to The Solar in a collection of articles over the weekend.

The presenter was suspended on Sunday and the BBC has contacted the Metropolitan Police. {The teenager} was allegedly aged 17 after they had been first in touch with the presenter in 2020. It’s in opposition to the regulation within the UK to own or fee photographs of anybody aged below 18.

The BBC mentioned on Sunday that it had taken motion after “new allegations” got here to mild final week that had been of a “different nature” to these contained within the grievance in Could.

{The teenager}’s household informed The Solar that they had been sad with the BBC’s response to the grievance, arguing that nobody from the company rang to interview them. BBC sources have steered that the complainant was reluctant to interact.

The company’s investigation is being led by former police detective Jeff Brown. The Solar reported that the household has now despatched a file of proof to Brown.

The BBC mentioned: “The BBC takes any allegations critically and we’ve got sturdy inner processes in place to proactively cope with such allegations.

“This can be a complicated and fast paced set of circumstances and the BBC is working as rapidly as doable to determine the info with the intention to correctly inform acceptable subsequent steps.

“It will be important that these issues are dealt with pretty and with care. Now we have been clear that if – at any level – new data involves mild or is offered to us, this will likely be acted upon appropriately and actively adopted up.

“The BBC first turned conscious of a grievance in Could. New allegations had been put to us on Thursday of a unique nature and along with our personal enquiries we’ve got additionally been in contact with exterior authorities, according to 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.”