Police are investigating an alleged rape which is thought to have taken place on live TV in the Brazillian Big Brother house.
Detectives have confirmed that they had begun an investigation and are searching the studios in Rio De Janeiro.
The incident occured in the early hours of Sunday morning, when Daniel Echaniz 31, apparently forced himself on 23-year-old student Monique Amin, who had passed out drunk after a boozy party. The incident was watched on live TV by thousands of viewers.
Night cameras filmed the incident which lasted for around seven minutes, but when producers questioned Miss Amin the following morning she appeared to know nothing about it. Police told Endemol – who run the show in Brazil – to stop broadcasting or eject Echaniz. He was subsequently chucked out and is being questioned by police.
In a statement the show’s presenter told millions of viewers: “Since Sunday morning, the board had been evaluating the behaviour of Daniel, who is suspected of having infringed the rules of the programme. Big Brother examined his behaviour without jumping to conclusions and with the utmost care. The images showed a breach of the rules of the programme.”
“After careful evaluation, the direction of the programme found that the behavior of the contestant on the night of the party was seriously inadequate.”
Now in it’s 12th year in Brazil, Big Brother still averages decent ratings of around 8 million viewers.