Rape allegations nothing new for the Big Brother house

By Drum Digital
14 April 2015

As news broke of an alleged rape in the Big Brother Mzansi house, an air of familiarity came with it.

M-Net informed viewers on Monday night in a shock announcement that two housemates would be removed from the BBMzansi house. One for misconduct while another contestant was removed for her own well-being.

Rumours swirled on social media of an alleged rape that took place on Saturday night. However no official source has commented on the rumours nor has anyone confirmed the incident took place.

In 2007 The Week reported that a similar incident took place in the Big Brother Africa 2 house in South Africa.

"The sight of a blind-drunk young woman being manhandled by a Big Brother housemate in what may be the most public rape ever has turned the stomachs of millions of television viewers," The Week reported in 2007.

According to the report the previous incident was broadcast live across Africa, however M-Net was quick to respond saying if a "non-consensual physical relationship" began, the producers - Endemol SA - would have intervened.

In 2012 Brazilian police investigated similar allegations of sexual assault aired on the country's Big Brother reality TV show. Echaniz, a 31-year-old male model, was booted off the show after allegations emerged that he had engaged in sexual behaviour with contestant Monique Amin after she'd passed out.

Channel24 asked M-Net for a response on the latest rape rumours, but by the time of publishing this article still had not received and official reply.

*Pending legal investigation the names of those allegedly involved have been removed this article.

Channel24

http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/This-is-not-the-first-time-theres-been-allegations-of-rape-in-the-Big-Brother-house-20150414

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