Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 4 October 2015

Sack cruel 'sickos' Ross and Brand, says granddaughter

Published 29/10/2008

The granddaughter of Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs called today for Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand to be sacked for their lewd phone calls.

Georgina Baillie, 23, also threatened that she could make an official complaint to police but admitted she had slept with Brand.

She branded the high-earning presenters "cruel sickos" for leaving a series of crude messages on Sachs' answerphone during a pre-recorded radio show. They included boasts from Brand about his sexual relationship with Miss Baillie and jokes from the DJs that veteran actor Sachs might kill himself as a result of the revelation.

The BBC has received more than 10,000 complaints since the broadcast, which has also prompted an official investigation from media watchdog Ofcom and drawn widespread condemnation from a range of figures including the Prime Minister.

In an interview with The Sun, Miss Baillie said: "What's funny about humiliating a lovely old man who has never harmed anyone in his life? My grandfather is really upset and says he wants the whole situation to end.

"I will be speaking to him to ask whether we should complain to the police and we'll be making the decision as a family.

"They (Brand and Ross) should at least pay for what they've done with their jobs."

Aspiring model Ms Baillie also said that the Radio 2 bosses who allowed the DJs' on-air calls to be broadcast should also go.

She added that she felt "totally and utterly exposed and betrayed" by the calls.

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