The BBC presenter who was taken off air following s**ual misconduct allegations has been named as Huw Edwards.
Edwards, 61, is a household name and one of the BBC’s most famous presenters.
According to the accusations, Edwards is alleged to have engaged in the exchange of money for s**ually suggestive photographs with a minor.
Now, Edwards’ wife Vicky Flind has confirmed that the individual in question is her husband.
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Flind said in a statement: “In light of the recent reporting regarding the ‘BBC Presenter’ I am making this statement on behalf of my husband Huw Edwards, after what have been five extremely difficult days for our family.
“I am doing this primarily out of concern for his mental well-being and to protect our children.
“Huw is suffering from serious mental health issues. As is well documented, he has been treated for severe depression in recent years.
“The events of the last few days have greatly worsened matters, he has suffered another serious episode and is now receiving in-patient hospital care where he’ll stay for the foreseeable future.
“Once well enough to do so, he intends to respond to the stories that have been published.
“To be clear Huw was first told that there were allegations being made against him last Thursday.
“In the circumstances and given Huw’s condition I would like to ask that the privacy of my family and everyone else caught up in these upsetting events is respected.
“I know that Huw is deeply sorry that so many colleagues have been impacted by the recent media speculation. We hope this statement will bring that to an end.”
The UK’s publicly funded national broadcaster is now facing a growing crisis.
According to The Sun, Edwards is accused of providing £35,000 to a youth, starting in 2020 when the individual was 17 years old.
While the age of consent in Britain is 16, it is considered a crime to possess or produce indecent images of anyone under 18.
The young person’s mother reportedly filed a complaint with the BBC in May.
The BBC first issued a statement on Sunday, acknowledging that they were initially made aware of a complaint in May but had received new allegations of a different nature on Thursday.
Police detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have now concluded their assessment and determined there is no information to indicate that a criminal offence has been committed.
The BBC released its own statement after the Met announced there is no evidence of a criminal offence.
It says: “We have seen the statement from the police confirming they have completed their assessment and are not taking further action. We’re grateful to them for completing this work at speed.
“The police had previously asked us to pause our fact-finding investigations and we will now move forward with that work, ensuring due process and a thorough assessment of the facts, whilst continuing to be mindful of our duty of care to all involved.”
Edwards has worked for the BBC for four decades, including two decades as the lead presenter on the Ten O’Clock News.
Edwards was brought up in Wales and studied at Cardiff University where he is now an honorary professor of journalism.
He is also one of the BBC’s highest-paid employees, earning between £435,000 and £439,999 for 2022/23.
Edwards lives in London with his wife and five children – and he has previously spoken out in the past about his struggles with depression.
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