Un-named actor arrested for rape of 14 year old boy in the latest of a line of BBC sex scandals
Things are looking dark indeed for BBC bosses, after more and more reports have emerged of sexual abuse behind the scenes at the channel.
We reported yesterday that after the Jimmy Savile furore broke out, an un-named TV actor had been arrested for the rape of a 14 year old boy back in 2010, and this comes after news earlier this year that Eastenders star Joshua Pascoe had also been arrested for an alleged sexual assault.
Pascoe, who played currently incarcerated Ben Mitchell in the award-winning soap, was arrested and questioned by detectives over an alleged sexual assault in May of this year. He has now been released on police bail.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Pascoe, 16, attended a Wimbledon police station in South London, with a source telling the publication: “His mum is distraught. He’s only 16, so his arrest is very upsetting for the whole family,”
Pascoe, who lives with his father, Gary, a builder in Sutton, South London, is currently embroiled in some of EastEnders biggest storylines, with his character having killed Heather Trott, and being recently revealed as the father of Lola’s baby, Lexi.
In his personal life, Pascoe was recently suspended from his stage school, Italia Conti, in Islington, North London, in March, for unrelated allegations of bullying.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said at the time: “A 16-year-old boy was arrested on May 24 in connection with an allegation of sexual assault. He has been bailed to return to a North London police station on July 31.”
The scandals are coming thick and fast and faster than BBC bosses can firefight them and we reported yesterday that an un-named actor had been accused of three sex attacks, and sexually touching the same boy on a separate occasion, as well as being accused of “assault by beating” when he answered bail at a London police station.
The alleged victim told The Sun that he was attacked by the actor at a London theatre back in July 2010, when the boy was just 14 years old, where it is said that the well know celebrity acted “intentionally” when his victim did not consent, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
It looks like this is going to prove to be a very big can of worms for the Beeb.