Ched Evans considering suing Gloria Hunniford for rape trial comments on Loose Women


The ex-Manchester City, Sheffield United, Norwich and Wales striker served two-and-a-half years in jail after he was convicted of the 2011 hotel rape of a 19-year-old waitress.

But earlier this year his conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal and last week he was found not guilty of the same charge by a jury at a re-trial.

That did not stop Hunniford laying into the star on the ITV daytime show.

She appeared to question the jury”s verdict and added Evans was the “last person” she would send her children to for “any kind of sex education”.

We cannot print her full remarks for legal reasons. 

Co-presenter Nadia Sawalha also blasted Evans who admitted in court he had a consensual threesome with his accuser and and his former Manchester City teammate Clayton McDonald, 27, in a north Wales hotel.

The girl, who claimed her drink was spiked in a bar, said she woke up naked, alone and unable to remember how she got to the hotel, with whom or having sex with anyone.

McDonald was cleared at the original trial after CCTV footage showed him walking into the hotel arm-in-arm with her.

Though he admitted he did not know the girl, never spoke to her and left by the hotel”s fire escape, Evans said he had “no doubt” she consented because she asked him to perform oral sex on her and told him “f*** me harder”.

His lawyer told the jury “drunk consent” was “still consent”.

Nadia told viewers she tried to keep her daughters well-informed about the dangers of alcohol.

She said: “I”d just like to say though Ched Evans has been proven innocent he is morally corrupt for that behaviour.

“It terrifies me that my daughters are growing up in this world.

A spokesman for Evans said he was “actively considering” legal action.

“Ched has always acknowledged his behaviour was morally unacceptable but consensual,” he said.

“Gloria Hunniford on Loose Women 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.”

A spokesman for Loose Women said: “We”ve received a complaint from the father of Ched Evans” partner to which we are responding.”

It is not the first time the show has sparked controversy discussing Evans”s case.

Two years ago – when Evans”s conviction still stood – Judy Finnigan was forced to “apologise unreservedly” for suggesting he should be allowed to return to his club because his accuser was “drunk” and the rape was “unpleasant” but “not violent”.

Her remarks sparked a huge public backlash at the time.

Well-wishers have pledged more than £12,000 to an online fund to help Evans”s accuser start a new life in Australia after she was named by more than 6,000 people on social networking sites and blitzed with abuse and death threats.

Last night North Wales Police said they were probing further allegations that the girl – who is entitled to lifelong anonymity – has been named.