Chris Evans, veteran Channel 4 and BBC presenter known for hosting BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show has been accused of sexual harassment by a ex-colleague, as reported by The Telegraph. The accusations date back to the time when Evans was working for Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast in the 1990s.

The BBC is under fire for reportedly being aware of the accusations a year ago and not taking sufficient action. In an email to Lord Hall, the director-general of BBC, the former colleague had said, “Evans would walk in naked following his morning ritual of taking a bath and would sometimes touch himself. On one occasion, he grabbed my breasts.” She added, “This is something that I have had to live with for over two decades and it still haunts me now.”

Chris Evans. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Chris Evans. Image from Wikimedia Commons

The Radio 2 star, who in 2015 was slated to be the new host of the iconic show Top Gear, has strongly denied the claims and said was a victim of a witch-hunt. BBC’s spokesperson has issued a statement defending the claims against the channel for ignoring the complaints. “We take these issues very seriously and are committed to dealing with matters responsibly and fairly when they are raised with us. We wouldn’t comment on individuals but the matters raised do not relate to a BBC programme and dates back more than 20 years, and press reports in 2016 stated that the police investigated – including interviewing under caution – and concluded that there was insufficient evidence”.

“For these reasons we do not think that the BBC could have relevant information relating to the allegations made. If an individual has information that might change the police’s judgement, then that would be a matter to raise directly with them,” read the BBC statement.

Chris Evans, 51 hosted The Big Breakfast between 1992-94, and is known to be a top-paid stars of BBC who currently continues to host the popular Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.

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