View­ers com­plain of low blow to BB Aud­ley

Sunday Express - - Front Page - By Ben­jamin Rus­sell

CELEBRITY Big Brother bosses came un­der fire yes­ter­day over their treat­ment of house­mate Aud­ley Har­ri­son.

Last night the boxer was called to the diary room, where he re­ceived his sec­ond warn­ing about his behaviour to­wards for­mer box­ing man­ager Kel­lie Maloney.

Show bosses claimed his com­ments to Kel­lie, 61, who is un­der­go­ing a sex change, were of­fen­sive.

Aud­ley, 42, who knew Kel­lie for 20 years as box­ing pro­moter Frank, said he was having trou­ble get­ting used to the fact she is now liv­ing as a woman.

But fans leapt to his de­fence, say­ing the source of the dis­pute was a box­ing rift between the pair.

Some have even claimed that Kel­lie is us­ing the sex change as a way to turn Big Brother against heavy­weight cham­pion Har­ri­son.

Last night she was heard ad­mit­ting: “I was Aud­ley’s big­gest en­emy in box­ing, I set out to bring him down.”

The rev­e­la­tion has put the show un­der fur­ther pres­sure to apol­o­gise to the boxer. En­raged view­ers took to Twit­ter to share their dis­dain about his treat­ment.

One called Karin said: “Not be­ing funny, but Aud­ley was be­ing hon­est not nasty! Kel­lie is a drama queen!”

Speak­ing with fel­low house­mates James Jor­dan and Ge­orge Gil­bey, Kel­lie claimed Aud­ley had a “pho­bia about trans-peo­ple”, adding: “Aud­ley tol­er­ates me, he doesn’t ac­cept me.”

Kel­lie told Aud­ley she would have pre­ferred him to tell her straight away that she made him feel un­com­fort­able.

Aud­ley said he needed more time to ad­just, adding: “If you can’t get past it, you can’t get past it.”

Last night saw the sec­ond celebrity evic­tion from the Chan­nel 5 show. Kelly Brook’s fi­ance David McIn­tosh was first to go on Wed­nes­day.

House­mate Aud­ley Har­ri­son

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