Top Gear host Chris Evans to be quizzed over historic sex assault allegations

Chris Evans is reportedly set to be quizzed by police over a historic sex allegation.
Chris Evans is reportedly set to be quizzed by police over a historic sex allegation.

Top Gear host Chris Evans is to be questioned by police over sexual assault allegations after a former colleague complained about him, it has been reported.

The television presenter, 50, will be quizzed by officers from London's Metropolitan Police in the next few days over the historical sex assault claims, The Daily Mail reports via The Sun.

Sources told the newspaper that the Radio 2 presenter will be spoken to "in the near future" by officers investigating the complaint made by a former colleague.

The claims come just two months after he was accused of grabbing a colleague's breasts and "flashing her almost every day for two years".

The woman said she worked with Evans in the 1990s and she was "bullied" by him after rejecting his advances, with her complaints falling on deaf ears.

But Evans, 52, hit out at what he has called a "witch hunt" around him that has had a "devastating" effect on his family.

Speaking anonymously in May, the woman said she was "sent to Coventry" after spurning the Radio 2 DJ's advances and that he "told colleagues not to talk to her".

The former colleague said she was speaking out to prevent others becoming victims of his "bullying behaviour".

She said she sought legal advice over her claims several years ago, particularly around the "flashing", which she said was a tactic to "punish those who didn't do what he wanted".

It comes after several of the presenter's former colleagues took to social media also accusing him of bullying.

The woman said she was "not surprised" to hear those allegations and said she was eventually prescribed anti-depressants after becoming "burnt-out" and "traumatised by Evans" who she claimed "knew he could get away with it".

She added she was "gobsmacked and appalled" Evans got the Top Gear job with the BBC and called for him to be investigated over all recent claims made against him.

But the star himself has called the allegations "ridiculous" and denied ever being a bully.

The presenter, who is at the helm of a team of six who will front the new version of Top Gear, has been accused of being "out of control" by former colleagues.

But the star has denied the programme has already run into problems and told the Sunday Mirror that the accusations of bullying have hurt his family.

He said: "All these bullying claims and other allegations are just ridiculous."

He described how he and wife Natasha and their two young children Noah, seven, and Eli, four, live a "normal life" in a small area and said the accusations amounted to a "witch-hunt".

Evans has been accused of bullying colleagues when he worked on The Big Breakfast in the 1990s.

His former radio sidekick John Revell claimed he was "out of control" and that BBC bosses were too scared to stand up to him.

Evans rejected these ideas.

He said: "I'm not a bully. But of course if you sling enough mud, some will stick to the wall.

"Is it hurtful to see your wife - or your children - upset? Of course it is."

Mark Linsey, Director of BBC Studios and Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, have also denied claims that Evans had a "volatile" working behaviour.

He said: "The assertion that Chris Evans" behaviour at Radio 2 since beginning work at Top Gear has been in any way below BBC acceptable levels is completely untrue.'

Mr Linsey added: "Since taking on Top Gear alongside his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris has displayed even greater commitment and professionalism.

"He remains a team player, a huge asset to the BBC and continues to show outstanding leadership in all he does on radio, television or for Children in Need."

The Daily Mail contacted Mr Evan's representatives for comment on the latest claims but did not hear back from any of them.

- Daily Mail

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