Cleared footballer Ched Evans and his family are considering legal action against Gloria Hunniford and ITV after comments made on Loose Women yesterday.The former Wales international served two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of rape in 2012, but had his conviction quashed last week after details of his accuser’s past sex life were read out in his retrial. Despite the fresh verdict, Hunniford hit out at the Chesterfield striker on Loose Women yesterday. She is said to have “misrepresented the evidence” while talking about the footballer’s trial. Hunniford also quipped: “I wouldn’t send my grandchildren to him for sex education.”
A statement on Evans’ website reads: “Yesterday marked a watershed in the media coverage following Ched’s unanimous Acquittal of rape at Cardiff Crown Court after serving 30 months for a crime he always denied and has now been exonerated of. Ched has always acknowledged his behaviour was morally unacceptable but consensual.
“Gloria Hunniford on Loose Women yesterday misrepresented the evidence presented at Cardiff Crown Court in this respect and his family are now actively considering their legal options. Opinion is acceptable but misinformation broadcast on prime time television is not.”
Loose Women panellist Nadia Sawalha also slammed Evans on Loose Women in the discussion about sexual consent, but it is not yet clear if Evans’ family plan to take up action against Sawalha. Evans’ representatives are also considering launching proceedings against a number of parties including Sheffield United. The club released the player when he was originally convicted of the offence in 2012.