Simon Cowell calls in police over 'fixing' claims
Friday 03 June 2011
Pop mogul Simon Cowell has called in police over an anonymous internet claim that popular TV contest Britain's Got Talent is fixed.
The panel judge made the complaint to officers after an anonymous internet blogger alleged that show favourite Ronan Parke had been groomed for stardom.
The 12-year-old is in tomorrow's final and the blogger claimed he had been known to Cowell's firm, Syco, well before the show and that he has been moulded to appeal to the audience.
The allegations resulted in Mr Cowell's lawyers going to a west London police station to report the offence.
It is not yet known if officers will take action.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "An allegation of malicious communications was made to Kensington and Chelsea police on Thursday June 2.
"The allegation is being considered."
The schoolboy won the viewers' vote on Monday, putting him straight through to the Saturday show.
Syco and Sony Music said they would take legal action to "prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations".
Syco said in a statement: "There has been speculation on the internet that Britain's Got Talent finalist Ronan Parke was known to and worked with Syco/Sony Music before entering the show. There is no truth in this story whatsoever.
"Ronan first came to Syco/Sony's attention when he entered this year's competition.
"Syco/Sony Music will not hesitate to take whatever legal action is appropriate to prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations."
Ronan's mother Maggie also dismissed the claims that he was auditioned by talent scouts who had spotted him performing at a birthday party for family friend Bryan Gunn, the former Norwich City goalkeeper.
"It's laughable, to be perfectly honest with you, and it couldn't be further from the truth," she told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"There's no foundation in it whatsoever."
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