I’m A Celebrity star Jack Maynard was forced to leave the jungle last night amid claims of homophobic and racist slurs which appear on his Twitter feed from a few years ago.
However, new claims have emerged today that his removal from the jungle was actually due to some alleged messages he sent to a 14-year-old girl asking to see her boobs, according to The Mirror.
Maynard has already apologised over his tweets but has yet to respond to the new allegations that have surfaced today after the girl involved, now 20, told her story to The Mirror.
The 22 -year-old YouTube star was 16 at the time of the alleged incident, where he apparently pestered her with aggressive messages and abuse.
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There is no suggestion at this stage that Maynard knew how old she was.
Maynard took the action to delete his Facebook page today which had 22,693 followers and where the alleged messages were said to have come from. His public profile remains active.
ITV and Maynard’s representatives said he removed himself from the jungle in order to defend himself against the allegations.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, told Mirror Online she approached Jack initially as a fan of his older brother, popstar Conor Maynard, and was looking for advice on becoming an online model.
The exchange is said to have gone something like this:
Send me one you might send? and i’ll tell you… i’m a stylist so i would know babe x
To which she replied simply, “umm…”
Maynard then sent her a question mark before she said she was sorry not to reply but was downstairs.
Your boobs are so nice! would look good in a bra shot! ever taken one?
The then teenager said, ‘secrets are kept secrets’ before Jack supposedly continued by saying:
you can tell me babe
come on babe
She continued to refuse but Maynard apparently continued to pester her. She made a comment saying boys ‘don’t know what no means’ before Maynard suddenly got nasty.
You’re a bore.
She replied that he was only famous cos of his brother, Conor, before Maynard hit back, saying:
Who the f*** even are you? you’re an ugly freak.
That was the last she ever heard from him.
She told The Mirror:
I think it was just a rookie error for him, he was very immature then.
Very rude, but I don’t know what he’s like nowadays. I don’t think he was aware I was younger than him at all. He was just a bit of a d***head back then.
I just thought it was annoying and rude for him to keep pestering me about it, I’m glad I never sent anything.
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Jack’s team has responded to the allegations with the following statement:
In the last few days Jack Maynard has been the subject of a succession of media stories which, given his position as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – filmed in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world, he has been unable to respond to.
Since it is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves, it was agreed that it would be better to bring him out of the show.
Maynard, who has 1.2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, has since deleted all his past misdemeanours from social media.
Something tells me this is going to rumble on.
Taking the idea of ‘being woke’ to a whole new level over a decade-long career in sport, court and online news, George has worked for titles and agencies including ESPN FC, Eurosport, LADbible and Court News UK. He may not have a degree but does have an unhealthy obsession with Lord of the Rings.