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Celeb producers to escape rap as stars face court

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THERE are no plans to prosecute the producers of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! over alleged animal cruelty on the programme, Australian police have confirmed.

Charges are being brought against winner Gino D’Acampo and fellow contestant Stuart Manning after the chef apparently killed and butchered a rat to add meat to a meal.

According to reports, the animal may have been a tame rat let loose on the set to add drama, rather than the wild variety.

During the series the contestant­s were divided into two groups, one of which was in “exile” with meagre rations.

As the celebritie­s became concerned that they would lack the energy to complete physical challenges, D’Acampo decided to take matters into his own hands.

He said in the show’s video diary room the Bush Telegraph: “It’s not done by choice but it’s done because we need it.”

D’Acampo, 33, and Manning, 30, are due to attend court over animal cruelty on February 3.

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