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Wednesday 1 October 2014

X Factor reject left red-faced after porn footage of him was posted online

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An X Factor reject has told of his blackmail hell after being duped into an online sex video with a mystery woman.

Newtownards man Robert Orr -- who appeared on the hit UTV show in 2006 -- was left red-faced after footage of him performing a sex act to chart topping hit Gangnam Style was leaked online.

But the 28-year-old said the X-rated clip -- which includes footage of him singing in front of music mogul Simon Cowell -- was actually an attempt to blackmail him after a one-off webcam encounter with a woman he met online.

In the video the brunette can be seen on her webcam lying on a bed as she also performs a solo sex act.

The wannabe popstar said he was asked to stump up cash to stop the pornographic material -- recorded on Skype just two weeks ago -- going to the web.

But when he refused, the four-minute clip, remixed with one of his own homemade music videos, was posted on a number of websites.

Robert told Sunday Life: "It's everywhere, Facebook, Whats App, Tagged ... I have tried to get it removed but the person who has the original keeps putting it up.

"I went to the police about it and they told me they couldn't do anything about it because it was out of their jurisdiction because the address she had given me was in the Philippines."

Frustrated singer Robert believes he was set up by the brunette and explained how the plot unfolded.

He said: "I think she set out to blackmail me. She approached me on Tagged and started talking to me.

"It was like, 'hey how are you and do you have Skype?'

"I said, 'yeah I do' and we started chatting and one thing led to another."

Robert said the leaked encounter -- which shows him and the brunette naked and separately engaging in sexual activity -- almost wrecked his relationship with long-term girlfriend Michelle Ames.

"I'm trying to laugh it off but it is more harder for her," he said.

"It's invading my privacy, but, in a way, I am actually glad it has come up because it shows what people can actually do -- this could happen to anyone. People need to be aware."

Partner Michelle, who is from Dunmurry, described her devastation at the sex video, but has vowed to stand by Robert.

She told Sunday Life: "We near enough split up over it, because in my eyes it is a form of cheating.

"We are over it now and it won't be happening again."

Despite the emergence of the embarrassing clip Robert, who performs his music videos under the name Mr Worldwide O, has vowed to carry on uploading his music covers for fans.

"I still do the odd music video and post it up on YouTube and a bit of karaoke -- I wont let this put me off," he maintained.

The Co Down singer is renowned for a disastrous performance during the 2006 auditions of The X Factor.

He and a pal, who performed as duo East to West, were booted out of the Glasgow auditions after singing an out-of-tune cover of Westlife's If I Let You Go.

They were rejected by the judges, including Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh, with music label boss Simon Cowell particularly critical of the Newtownards man's singing credentials.

When asked by Cowell why he chose Robert to duet with, his blonde-haired pal said: "Because it's a challenge."

Cowell replied: "Bloody right it is."

His friend later told the TV cameras: "He (Simon) was trying to be all cocky by saying Robert is rubbish -- it's not on." The clip has been viewed almost four million times on YouTube.

Show rocked by online sex tapes

Red-faced Robert Orr's webcam antics is not the first time The X Factor has been linked to an online sex tape scandal.

In 2011 it was revealed that contestant Lascel Wood had starred in a seedy six-minute porn video.

The webcam clip showed the 20 year-old performing a sex act on himself and was available to buy on a hardcore sex site.

Lascel -- who wowed judges with Kings of Leon hit Use Somebody -- failed to make it to the live shows after being axed during the boot camp stages.

And last year former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos was left shame-faced when an intimate tape of her and ex-lover MC Ultra emerged on the net.

She tearfully confessed to starring in the sex tape via a webcam message to fans.

"I am devastated, heartbroken," she said.

"When you share an intimate moment with someone that you love and trust, you never imagine for one minute that footage may at any point be shared with the rest of the UK."

She attempted to sue her ex -- real name Justin Edwards -- over leaking the video, but dropped the case a month after mounting a reported £270,000 legal bill.

Other seedy controversies to rock the hit UTV show include contestant Katie Waissel, whose grandmother was exposed as a high-class escort.

82-year-old Sheila Vogel -- who said she charged clients £250 an hour -- insisted she had done "nothing wrong" when exposed by a national newspaper.

Katie, who was appearing on the 2010 live shows when the revelations emerged, said at the time she was "absolutely devastated" over her nan's escort career.

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