Piers Morgan has slammed Love Island bosses for not removing Maura from the villa for her behavior towards Tommy weeks ago.
The Irish brunette made quite a stir when she set her sights on the hunky boxer when she first arrived on the show last month – branded ‘predatory’ by some viewers and a ‘feminist icon’ by others.
Yet Ofcom were flooded with around 700 complaints about the reality starlet, yet have since revealed they won’t be investigating matters further.
I don’t believe it! Piers Morgan has slammed Love Island bosses for not removing Maura from the villa for her behavior towards Tommy weeks ago
‘She attacks men – here she is forcing herself on a man and she’s a feminist icon,’ Piers, 54, raged on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, referring to the moment Maura climbed all over Tommy in his bed.
‘Of course if a man was doing this to a girl in there he would be attacked, shamed and probably arrested and jailed.
‘But because she’s doing it she’s a feminist icon. If a man did it he would be thrown out of the house.’
Scot free? The Irish brunette made quite a stir when she set her sights on the hunky boxer when she first arrived on the show last month – branded ‘predatory’ by some viewers and a ‘feminist icon’ by others
The media watchdog received 486 complaints on the Friday it was aired alone, after viewers watched the ring girl attempt to plant a kiss on Tommy while lying on top of him.
An Ofcom spokesperson explained that they had assessed the complaints about the episode which aired on June 14, but would not be investigating them further, saying: ‘While we recognise that many viewers disapproved of a contestant’s behaviour in this episode, we took into account the context in which it occurred, including the nature of Maura and Tommy’s relationship, before and after.’
The regulator said that all complaints about the episode had been ‘assessed under generally accepted standards’.
Of the 726 complaints received, the ‘vast majority’ – 709 – were from viewers who alleged Maura had ‘sexually harassed’ Tommy by trying to kiss him on multiple occasions, Ofcom said.
Shocked: The media watchdog received 486 complaints on the Friday it was aired alone, after viewers watched the ring girl attempt to plant a kiss on Tommy while lying on top of him
Viewers saw Irish grid girl Maura, who was then a newcomer to the villa on the ITV2 series, fix her sights on boxer Tommy, who had been coupled-up with Molly-Mae Hague.
Whilst Tommy dodged her attempts at seduction, the undeterred model later stared directly into his eyes and asked him if she ‘turned him on.’
The Irish star’s behaviour did not sit well with many fans who took to social media to criticise her behaviour.
Tommy declined Maura’s advances and is now happily coupled-up with Molly.
Inappropriate? Viewers branded Maura, 28, ‘desperate’ and ‘crossing a line’ on Twitter
Ofcom holds the power to fine broadcasters who breach its rules and say the fine is dependent on the size and turnover of the firm – fines can reach an upper limit of 10% of the broadcaster’s turnover.
ITV was issued the largest fine of any broadcaster in 2008 when Ofcom charged them £5.68m for their abuse of premium phone lines on shows including Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Ant and Dec’s Gameshow Marathon.
Other complaints have included 302 complaints in relation to the treatment of Lucie Donlan by the other Islanders earlier on in the series.
Toy-curling: Maura’s brazen approach to landing Tommy in the villa stunned many fans, especially when she asked him if she ‘turned him on’
Lucie was left in tears after feeling pressured to spend more time with the girls in the villa by partner Joe Garratt, and being badmouthed by Amy Hart
Adina Claire from domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid has warned that ‘abusive relationships often start off with subtle signs of control’ as fans lodged 302 complaints with broadcast watchdog Ofcom.
Meanwhile, Monday night’s episode will see Maura face the repercussions of her making a move on Curtis Pritchard.
The Irish beauty faces Amy’s wrath after she decides to tell the girls the truth about her feelings towards the ballroom dancer, 23.
Two couples will also be dumped from the villa.
Love Island continues on Monday on ITV2 at 9pm.
Too much! Following several fruitless attempts, Maura finally landed a kiss with Tommy as they smooched during a Bridezillas challenge but he eventually coupled up with Molly-Mae