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Thursday 24 July 2014

Big Brother makers deny cover-up of racism row

Shilpa Shetty

The makers of the Channel 4 show Big Brother are on the defensive again over the racism row on the celebrity version of the programme.

Endemol has denied secretly briefing housemates about the public outcry surrounding Jade Goody's bullying of Indian contestant Shilpa Shetty.

It also denied hiding footage from viewers following allegation of further racist remarks made against the Bollywood actress.

Police are investigating further claims after a newspaper said a racist song was sung on the prgramme about Ms Shetty.

In this latest development, The Sun newspaper reported that a Big Brother executive claimed Shilpa was called a "f***ing P***" in a note that reads: "Some dodgy tapes do exist. We are f***ed."

The words were written down by a senior employee at Big Brother makers Endemol on the back of a production running order for Channel 4 and anonymously handed to the police, the newspaper said.

A police spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have been handed further information and we will be looking into it as part of our ongoing investigation."

Channel 4 denied the latest allegations, saying no note was produced by police.

"We have not been contacted by the police about this matter or seen a copy of the handwritten note that we understand has been passed to them," a spokeswoman said.

"The producers have checked the editorial log and assured us there is no evidence of the word alleged in the note ever being used by any of the housemates."

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