A ‘Huw Edwards rumour’ was a joke plotline in 2005 BBC sitcom The Thick of It

BBC sitcom The Thick of It referenced a joke "Huw Edwards scandal" back in 2005 before the presenter's sex pictures shame.

Vicky Flind, the wife of the news reader Huw, 61, named him as the BBC presenter facing allegations over payments for sexually explicit images in a statement issued on his behalf.

The presenter was last weekend taken off air while the BBC conducted their investigation.

A resurfaced clip from 2005 has done the rounds online from a snippet of The Thick of It which made a subtle comment aimed at Huw.

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In the clip a man is heard saying: "No I don't think they will run with it because it's libellous, that's just as libellous as the Huw Edwards rumour."

TV shows have occasionally pinpointed an event before it actually took place – with The Simpsons famously predicting multiple huge news events from celebs' personal lives to global events.

The tweet shared of the clip came after news circulated of the BBC presenter earlier in week requesting sexually explicit images for money.

The Sun reported that after claims were revealed Huw called the young person, who is now 20, twice, and asked what they had done.

He also allegedly asked them to ask their mother to "stop the investigation".

It was alleged that the presenter paid thousands of pounds to the individual since they were 17 in exchange for images.

In a statement, the BBC said that it "takes any allegations seriously" and has "robust internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations".

"This is a complex and fast moving set of circumstances and the BBC is working as quickly as possible to establish the facts in order to properly inform appropriate next steps," the statement said.

In a statement on Monday evening (July 10), the Metropolitan Police said: "Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command met with representatives from the BBC on the morning of Monday, 10 July. The meeting took place virtually.

"They are assessing the information discussed at the meeting and further enquiries are taking place to establish whether there is evidence of a criminal offence being committed."

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