Ched Evans is reportedly looking at taking legal action against the ITV show, for comments made after his acquittal...
Ched Evans was cleared in UK courts this week, but now it appears that he might be preparing to consider legal action against ITV’s Loose Women following an on-air discussion that touched on his ruling.
The footballer was found not guilty of raping a woman following a retrial. The verdict was announced at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, October 14.
Yesterday’s offering of Loose Women featured a segment about sexual consent, and the 27-year-old’s case was raised in the discussion.
Now, if you’re a regular viewer of the talk show, you’ll know that it can often get quite opinionated. But it’s emerged that Ched and his family might be looking into legal action after the show allegedly ‘misrepresented the evidence’ from court.
A statement has been issued on the Welsh footballer’s website, and it reads: ‘Yesterday marked a watershed in the media coverage following Ched’s unanimous acquittal of rape at Cardiff Crown Court after serving 30 months for a crime he always denied and has now been exonerated of.
‘Ched has always acknowledged his behaviour was morally unacceptable but consensual.
‘Gloria Hunniford on Loose Women yesterday misrepresented the evidence presented at Cardiff Crown Court in this respect and his family are now actively considering their legal options.
‘Opinion is acceptable but misinformation broadcast on prime time television is not.’
Ruth Langsford, Gloria Hunniford and Nadia Sawalha also lead a wider discussion surrounding women’s ‘safety’ and teaching ‘consent’ to young people.
According to Digital Spy, a spokesperson for ITV’s Loose Women confirmed: ‘We’ve received a complaint from the father of Ched Evans’ partner, to which we are responding.’