A contestant on the hit relationship show has been arrested on suspicion of coercive and controlling behavior.
George Roberts, 40, was arrested while Married at First Sight is still airing, The Sun reported.
The father-of-four was arrested after three ex-partners filed complaints to the police, say reports.
A star of the show Married at First Sight UK has been arrested on suspicion of coercive and controlling behavior, according to The Sun.
George Roberts, 40, married a complete stranger April Banbury on the hit relationship show.
However, before the show finished airing in the UK, the father of four was arrested by London’s Metropolitan police after three ex-partners filed complaints to the police, alleging coercive and controlling behavior against Roberts.
Worchestershire police said that “A 40-year-old man was arrested by Met officers in Worcestershire on Thursday, 29 September, on suspicion of controlling and coercive behavior.
“He was taken to a Worcestershire police station and subsequently bailed to return pending further enquiries. This follows an allegation of controlling and coercive behavior and harassment reported to the Met on Monday, 26 September.”
Channel 4 has not responded to Insider’s request for comment, and the show has been airing as usual since the allegations came to light.
At the weekend, Ms. Banbury intimated that the relationship with Roberts was no more, describing “traumas” from the MAFS experience on Instagram, per Mail Online.
“I’m not ashamed to admit, I have been seeing a therapist ever since,” said the former beauty queen, per Mail Online.
A spokesperson for Roberts told the Mirror that he “categorically denies these allegations.
“As a father of daughters, he finds these accusations deeply upsetting and does not condone abuse nor behaves in that way.”
In reaction to the allegations of arrest, UK charity Women’s Aid wrote on Twitter: “TV producers have a responsibility to send clear messages to participants and viewers that unhealthy behaviors such as coercive control will not be tolerated in any form.”
A show source said they were unaware of allegations against Mr. Roberts before he married Ms. Banbury on the television show, the Mail Online reported.
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