ITV must be investigated over Phillip Schofield affair, claims abuse lawyer

ITV must be investigated over Phillip Schofield affair, claims abuse lawyer

In the wake of Phillip Schofield 's affair scandal, top lawyer Richard Scorer has suggested the potential "abuse of power" should be investigated.

Scorer has made an open call for the independent probe, fearing the younger male TV aide with whom the This Morning star had his affair may have been "subjected to a potential imbalance".

ITV launched their own investigation into the fling after complaints three years ago, but concluded that since both parties consistently denied claims, the allegations were "hearsay".

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Mr Scorer, expert head of abuse law at firm Slater and Gordon, wants ITV bosses to be looked a little bit more closely.

Yesterday, Mr Scorer released a statement, writing: “While we do not know all the details of this particular case, any situation where a young person may have been subjected to a potential imbalance or abuse of power needs to be investigated fully and independently to understand what has occurred.

“Given allegations that others in ITV may have known or suspected about the situation for some time, it is imperative that there is a full and transparent investigation to establish whether action should have been taken sooner to protect the young person concerned.”

Phillip, now 61, and the unnamed aide are said to have met whilst the younger man was 15 – a runner looking for advice on his career.

In a shocking admission via the Daily Mail, the Manchester-born man issued a statement unveiling the full truth of himself and his ex colleague.

The announcement read, "I am making this statement via the Daily Mail to whom I have already apologised personally for misleading, through my lawyer who I also misled, about a story which they wanted to write about me a few days ago.

"The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning.

"I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning."

In their own statement from yesterday, ITV admitted that they launched an investigation into the romance in early 2020 after reports from colleagues.

An ITV representative wrote, "We are deeply disappointed by the admissions of deceit made tonight by Phillip Schofield.

"The relationships we have with those we work with are based on trust. Philip made assurances to us which he now acknowledges were untrue and we feel badly let down.

"We accept his resignation from ITV and therefore can confirm that he will not be appearing on ITV as had previously been stated."

ITV bosses will find themselves in the hotseat on June 6th when being questioned by Parliament's media, culture, and sport committee.

Ahead of the conversation, the committee chairperson, Dame Caroline Dinenage commented, “It will be interesting to know who knew what and when at ITV and This Morning.”

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