Son tells Mail of vic­tim’s agony af­ter show

Daily Mail - - Front Page - EX­CLU­SIVE By Andy Dolan, Emine Sin­maz and In­derdeep Bains

The fa­ther found dead days af­ter ap­pear­ing on The Jeremy Kyle Show told rel­a­tives the pre­sen­ter had ‘re­ally laid into’ him.

In an emo­tional phone call fol­low­ing film­ing, Stephen Dy­mond said Kyle had ‘ripped into him’ on stage, ac­cord­ing to his son Carl.

The 63-year- old was left dis­traught af­ter fail­ing a lie de­tec­tor test over claims he had cheated on his fi­ancee. A week later he died in a sus­pected sui­cide. Mr Dy­mond’s land­lady told the Mail he was deeply up­set af­ter ap­pear­ing on the pro­gramme and also claimed Kyle ripped into him on set.

A fu­ri­ous row erupted over the ITV show yes­ter­day, with MPs, psy­chi­a­trists and ex­perts urg­ing the broad­caster to scrap its

‘theatre of cru­elty’ per­ma­nently. Down­ing Street in­ter­vened to say Mr Dy­mond’s case was ‘deeply dis­turb­ing’ and to demand that TV firms sup­port their guests.

Pro­duc­ers at ITV now face ur­gent ques­tions about why they al­lowed a fa­ther, who was suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and faced a war­rant for his ar­rest, to ap­pear on the pro­gramme.

As the fu­ture of The Jeremy Kyle Show, which has been on air since 2005 and is thought to bring in con­sid­er­able ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue, was thrown into doubt:

A string of par­tic­i­pants came for­ward to tell of their treat­ment on the show;

Two others said they had been left sui­ci­dal af­ter ap­pear­ing on the pro­gramme, with one say­ing he had his char­ac­ter as­sas­si­nated;

A for­mer runner on the show has al­leged that there was vi­o­lence back­stage, and pro­duc­ers aimed to cre­ate con­fronta­tion for the au­di­ence;

It was claimed that pro­duc­ers tar­geted peo­ple on so­cial me­dia with of­fers of free DNA tests and lie de­tec­tors;

Mr Dy­mond’s land­lady said she had been told by a pro­ducer that he may have been un­able to ac­cess sup­port in the hours be­fore his death as it was a bank holiday;

ITV’s chief ex­ec­u­tive sent staff an email claim­ing they pulled the plug on the show only to ‘pro­tect it’ from pub­lic out­cry;

Kyle re­fused to an­swer ques­tions as he left the home of his fi­ancee’s par­ents.

In an in­ter­view with the Mail last night, Mr Dy­mond’s son Carl Wool­ley, 39, said his fa­ther had been left dis­traught af­ter fail­ing

‘He was dis­traught over the break-up’

a lie de­tec­tor test dur­ing a record­ing of the hit ITV day­time show ear­lier this month.

That evening the pair, who had not spo­ken for seven years, re­con­nected via tele­phone af­ter a rel­a­tive – alarmed at Mr Dy­mond’s highly emo­tional state – con­tacted Mr Wool­ley and passed on his phone num­ber.

But be­fore the pair could meet for the first time in 36 years, Mr Dy­mond was dis­cov­ered dead in the room he had been rent­ing since sep­a­rat­ing from Jane Cal­laghan, who ap­peared on the tele­vi­sion show be­side him.

Mr Wool­ley, a health and safety ad­viser, said: ‘I called af­ter he got home from film­ing the episode. He was dis­traught over the breakup of the relationship.

‘He had gone on the show solely to clear his name (about al­legedly cheat­ing on Miss Cal­laghan) but he said it had gone wrong be­cause of the lie de­tec­tor test.

‘He was adamant that he did not lie. He was so up­set that he wasn’t mak­ing much sense, but he just kept re­peat­ing: “I haven’t cheated, Carl, I swear I haven’t cheated”.’

Mr Wool­ley, a fa­ther of three from Telford in Shrop­shire, said his fa­ther had dis­closed Kyle him­self had ‘re­ally ripped in to him’.

Re­fer­ring to his fa­ther by his first name, Mr Wool­ley added: ‘Steve told me “Kyle re­ally laid into me”. Pre­sum­ably that was at the point when they an­nounced the lie de­tec­tor re­sult.’

Mr Wool­ley said a note ad­dressed to him was found along­side Mr Dy­mond’s body in the Portsmouth flat where the build­ing ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tor had been lodg­ing. He is be­lieved to have taken an over­dose.

He added: ‘ I’m sat­is­fied Steve in­tended to kill him­self. In the note, he apol­o­gised and asked me not to hate him for what he has done.’

ITV has sus­pended film­ing of the Kyle show and re­moved all past episodes from its catch-up web­site. But last night worl­drenowned psy­chi­a­trist, Pro­fes­sor Sir Si­mon Wes­sely, led calls for the pro­gramme to be scrapped.

The pres­i­dent of the Royal So­ci­ety of Medicine said: ‘It’s the theatre of cru­elty. And yes, it might en­ter­tain a mil­lion peo­ple a day, but then again, so did Chris­tians ver­sus Lions. Plus, the idea that as the pro­gramme web­site says “Jeremy is here to help” is stretch­ing the verb “to help” be­yond any nor­mal mean­ing of help, it’s al­most an of­fence un­der the trades de­scrip­tion act.’

Last night ITV said it had no fur­ther com­ment to make.

The Jeremy Kyle Show is one of the chan­nel’s most lu­cra­tive pro­grammes with view­ing fig­ures of al­most one mil­lion per episode.

Fa­ther: Stephen Dy­mond three weeks be­fore his death

Son: Carl Wool­ley Right: As a baby with his fa­ther, then 21

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