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The Ched Evans witch-hunt is entertaining housewives on Loose Women

by | 19th, October 2016

The Daily Star leads with news that Ched Evans could take libel action against Gloria Hunniford and ITV after “she expressed doubt over striker’s not guilty rape verdict on Loose Women TV show”. “Ched to sue Loose women,” thunders the front-page headline.

Ched, reduced to one name like all top TV entertainers, is not a rapist. But his case is a talking point on daytime telly. The Mail notes:

The family of cleared footballer Ched Evans are set to engage lawyers to look at libel action against Gloria Hunniford and ITV following comments made on Monday’s Loose Women programme.

And:

Chesterfield and Wales striker Evans, 27, was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel near Rhyl in 2011 at a Cardiff Crown Court retrial on Friday.

His age now is used against her age then. He was 22 then. Both were young adults. The Mirror does the same: “The 27-year-old was found not guilty of raping a woman, then 19, in a hotel room in Rhuddlan, North Wales, in May 2011, following a retrial.”

Back to the Mail:

However, 76-year-old Hunniford hit out at the former Manchester City and Sheffield United striker on the popular daytime show on Monday afternoon. Despite the not guilty verdict, Hunniford expressed doubt over the jury’s decision. She later added: ‘I wouldn’t send my grandchildren to him for sex education.’

Well, no. It’s unlikely he’d answer the door to them, let alone get out the whiteboard and ask Gloria’s grandkids to take notes as he pontificated on fidelity, honesty, love, reproduction, and consensual sex. Ched Evans will have to look elsewhere for a celebrity to endorse his sex ed classes.

The Mail adds:

Hunniford may not be alone should lawyers decide to take action, with Evans’s representatives considering launching proceedings against a number of parties including Sheffield United, who released the player when he was originally convicted of the offence in 2012, and Brabners, who represented him at his original trial.

Father-of-one Evans served half of a five-year prison sentence. He had always protested his innocence and a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal earlier this year. A spokesman for ITV’s Loose Women said: ‘We’ve received a complaint from the father of Ched Evans’ partner, to which we are responding.’

Ched Evans is innocent.

Allison Parson writes in the Telegraph:

An online feminist lynch mob – and even Gloria Hunniford on ITV’s Loose Women – have chosen to ignore that decision, with possible libel actions to follow. They seem to think that “not guilty” doesn’t mean that Evans, who served two and a half years in jail, is off the hook, despite what the Court of Appeal says. Right. I mean, what would they know?

Expect to hear lots more about this.

 



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