Teach Women Not To Abuse Men: Melanie Sykes And Accusations She Slapped Her Husband
Former beer model and ITV presenter Melanie Sykes’ estranged husband has been talking to the Sun. The couple enjoyed a whirlwind ramncne – he first spotted her on Twitter. After marriage. Mel told one and all, “I’ve never met anyone before who I have the kind of synergy that I have with him.” Who doesn’t crave synergy in a love story.
They hit it off, as the Sun reports:
Toy-boy Jack Cockings, 28, said the I’m A Celebrity star slapped him during heated rows. He said Mel, 44, even hit him on honeymoon — after she downed eight cocktails by the pool then drunkenly lashed out.
Is he filing a criminal complaint for alleged domestic battery?
“She went to slap me, but missed because I pulled away. She went again and landed that one. The slap around the face shocked me — especially because it was on our honeymoon. It ended up with me restraining her.”
Another time, Jake says Mel got drunk at a family do:
“I told her, ‘You can’t behave like this’. The next morning we had a long discussion and she said she didn’t like Christmas, it wasn’t her favourite time of year.
Cockings then nails Mel by telling us she’s a”great mother”, “always professional” and was very apologetic after the alleged slap. But this is a dark tale. He recalls an alleged incident from November 2013:
“I locked myself in the bedroom and rang police because I wanted to show her what she was doing was unacceptable. Two police officers turned up and took pictures of marks around my neck and face. I didn’t want them to arrest her, I wanted them to say, ‘You’re going to get in trouble if you keep doing this’.” But the officers did arrest Mel and she was cautioned for common assault.
In August 2014 that caution was purged from the records. Sykes denied the charge of common assault. And won. What’s odd is that over that period when an assault was on the record, Sykes was not pilloried in the media. She continued to work without complaint, such as officially opening The Motorhome and Caravan Show at Birmingham’s NEC (see above) and presenting the ITV show Let’s Do Christmas Lunch with Gino and Mel . If a man had a domestic abuse charge on his file, would he be anything other than a pariah? Would he get TV work?
Sykes’ spokesman reacts to this story:
“It is very sad Mr Cockings has chosen now to speak out about their marriage when Mel is in the jungle and is not in a position to have a right of reply.”
Agreed. And odd of the Sun to have run with it…