Moment Laurence Fox’s house is ‘searched by police’ as suspended GB News host smokes a cigar and says it shows ‘the country that we live in’
This is the moment police are allegedly searching Laurence Fox’s house as the suspended GB News host smokes a cigar.
In footage posted on The Reclaim Party twitter page, Fox says to the camera: ‘Look how many coppers there are in my house…Coming to take everything out of my house. That ladies and gentlemen, is the country that we live in.’
The video appears to show multiple uniformed officers in what looks like Fox’s living room as he sits on a sofa watching them, dressed in a grey suit and smoking.
MailOnline has contacted the Met Police for comment.
This comes after GB News chiefs held emergency talks at the weekend as the channel fights for its future following a series of scandals and record viewer complaints.
Regulator Ofcom has opened 12 investigations into the broadcaster, including one examining the sexist on-air comments made last week by actor Laurence Fox.
The video appears to show multiple uniformed officers in what looks like Fox’s living room as he sits on a sofa watching them, dressed in a grey suit and smoking a cigar
The footage appears to show multiple uniformed officers
The remarks about a female political journalist led to the suspension of Fox and presenter Dan Wootton. More than 7,300 viewers complained.
It is understood that investors and managers from GB News were in contact this weekend to discuss how to move on amid the bad publicity.
‘It is crunch time for GB News,’ a former employee told The Observer. ‘They cannot just bask in notoriety forever because they do need to make some money and they need to keep the right to call themselves a channel for news programmes.’
Last week the channel apologised after Fox attacked Ava Evans, a correspondent for the news website JOE, in an on-air rant on Tuesday evening. Fox said ‘Who would want to sh*g that?’ and described her as a ‘little woman’.
He claimed his remarks were in response to comments made by Ms Evans on BBC’s Politics Live, when she was accused of being dismissive about men’s mental health issues.
Ms Evans said Fox’s comments were ‘unforgivable’ and that a responsible broadcaster should never have allowed the rant to go as far as it did. According to sources at GB News, Wootton was suspended for ignoring instructions to stop Fox, which were being relayed by senior management via his earpiece, and for later failing to read an autocue apology on air. He apologised the next day.
Speaking on the Triggernometry podcast with comedians Francis Foster and Konstantin Kisin, actor-turned-political activist Fox said he had become ’emotional’ as he felt Ms Evans had made light of male mental health struggles.
He admitted the remarks were ‘crass’ but said he didn’t feel they ‘merited the wall-to-wall’ media coverage they have received in recent days and the chaos it has brought the news channel.
Laurence Fox pictured on the Triggernometry podcast on Friday
Fox was suspended for his on-air rant about Ms Evans after her previous comments about male suicide. Pictured: Ms Evans appearing on the Politics JOE podcast
Speaking on Friday after his suspension, Fox told the Triggernometry podcast that he regretted the tone of his remarks on Dan Wootton’s show the Tuesday before.
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When the hosts remarked to Fox that ‘in the cold light of day, it [the clip] doesn’t look good does it?’, he responded by admitting: ‘No.’
He said that he had ‘strong feelings’ on the show after being riled by comments Ms Evans had previously made when she was appearing on the BBC speaking about the topic of male suicide, in which she called for a minister of mental health for everyone in government, dismissing the suggestion of just a men’s mental health minister.
He told the podcast: ‘When I listen back to it now, it’s just kind of crass. It’s the kind of thing you’d say in the pub.
‘I think I made the point which was the point I wanted to make, which is when you’ve got a misandrist fourth wave feminist who wants men to be terrified and scared of women, who tweets pictures of herself saying ‘I’m socially distancing from men’, I’m just like ‘stop’.
‘Instead of dismantling her ideas I just said ‘I can’t think of a single man who’d want to s*** you, I mean which self-respecting man would want to s*** you?’ which was also trying to be funny. Big mistake.’
The father-of-two said had ‘demeaned’ Ms Evans and apologised, but said: ‘I don’t think it’s misogyny or anything like that. I think it’s disrespectful.’
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