ITV has defended airing an interview with Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian in their documentary helmed by Ranvir Singh after facing backlash.
Some viewers were left ‘disgusted’ after the brother of the convicted sex trafficker was given a platform, sitting down with Singh to discuss his sister.
An ITV spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘Our documentary placed overwhelming emphasis on the crimes committed by Ghislaine Maxwell and gave voice to people who suffered as a result.
‘Given there has been an indication an appeal is to be lodged against the conviction, and in the interests of fair and balanced reporting, the decision was taken to include a contribution from Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother, Ian.’
Metro.co.uk understands that ITV aimed to limit the interview to focus on confirming Mr Maxwell’s sister’s relationship with Prince Andrew, her financial situation after her father’s death and a statement of support for her.
Last month, Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted five of six counts around charges of sexual abuse and trafficking of underage girls.
The 60-year-old’s sentencing has been set for June this year, although a US District Judge said that the date could be delayed depending on the outcome of her request to overturn her conviction.
The documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile followed the Singh as she explored the connection between convicted sex offender Maxwell with Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.
In the ITV programme, Mr Maxwell said he feels ‘angry’ over his sister’s case.
‘I’m just damn angry, I don’t see how anyone, anyone looking at this can not feel that way. It’s just wrong,’ he said, as he teared up.
‘I have devoted a lot of my time, as have my brothers and sisters, to help. We believe her, we love her, and we hope that she will get the justice that she definitely deserves.’
Several people watching the documentary expressed their anger over the fact that he was given air time at all.
‘#IanMaxwell should not have been given a platform,’ one person wrote repeatedly in a tweet, tagging the ITV Twitter account, while another said: ‘Not sure why Ian Maxwell is getting so much air time.’
‘Disgusted that @ITV and @ranvir01 are giving Ian Maxwell and @RealGhislaine airtime,’ someone else remarked, with another writing: ‘@ITV giving a platform to Ian Maxwell, brother of convicted sex trafficker and pedophile #Ghislaine. Don’t remember this being done with grooming gangs in Rochdale, or Jimmy Savile, etc.’
The BBC previously responded to complaints about also airing an interview with Mr Maxwell.
Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile is available to watch on ITV Hub.
Credit: Original article published here.