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Programme update: An apology

On our programme on Friday 22nd May, during a live studio discussion regarding the payment Hampshire Police had made to a rape victim, an interviewee referred to the unrelated case of Eleanor De Freitas, a young woman who had committed suicide. During that discussion, the interviewee made two references to Ms De Freitas’ “rapist”. We wish to make clear that the person accused of that rape was never tried or convicted and in fact brought a private prosecution against Ms De Freitas for perverting the course of justice in relation to an alleged false rape claim. That prosecution was subsequently taken over by the CPS. We apologise for this mistake and for any distress caused. The full statement made by the Director of Public Prosecution in relation to this case can be read below.