Police investigating blackmail allegations against This Morning presenter Alison Hammond | Ents & Arts News
Blackmail allegations against TV presenter Alison Hammond are under police investigation.
The This Morning regular, 48, was allegedly pressured by her blackmailer for large sums of money and a BMW car worth £5,000.
The blackmailer threatened to spread lies about Hammond in a bid to derail her career if she didn’t cooperate with the demands, according to The Sun.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “We are investigating an allegation of blackmail by a woman in her 40s.
“We take reports like this very seriously and our investigations are progressing rapidly.”
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Hammond shot to fame in 2002, after appearing on the third series of Big Brother. She then joined the staff of This Morning the same year.
She currently presents the weekday show on Friday mornings with former X Factor host Dermot O’Leary.
Earlier this month, she was announced as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Offreplacing comedian Matt Lucas, who announced his exit last December.
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Hammond will co-present alongside actor and comedian Noel Fielding, 49, a performer known for his dark, surreal comedy that surprised many when he joined the show.