Ofcom clears raunchy Big Brother Marco, Laura sex scenes

- Posted on August 22 2016 at 03:25pm

Big Brother 2016 - Marco Pierre White Junior and Laura Carter

Ofcom has cleared Channel 5 of wrongdoing over the episode of Big Brother 2016 that featured Marco Pierre White Junior and Laura Carter engaging in BDSM-style sexual acts.

The instalment broadcast on Sunday 12th June saw Marco wrap a studded belt around his neck and urge Laura to: “Just strangle me. Get on top of me, you filthy b***h. Whip me with it. You’re amazing.”

He was also shown lifting up Laura’s top and sucking on her nipples.

The scenes were controversial, triggering at least 634 viewer complaints – but today Ofcom has ruled the show did not breach ‘generally accepted standards’.

In a statement, the media regulator explained: “We investigated a number of complaints about sexual activity between two housemates, which included them engaging in potentially dangerous behaviour. We found the programme didn’t breach broadcasting rules.

“This was because both housemates consented to the activity which was portrayed in a limited way not likely to be emulated by viewers, and there were very clear warnings.”

Meanwhile, Ofcom has also thrown out 477 complaints relating to the current series of Celebrity Big Brother because they didn’t warrant investigation.

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