GB News presenter Dan Wootton claims conduct allegations are ‘campaign to destroy my life’

GB News presenter Dan Wootton has spoken out to deny allegations about his conduct.

Wootton, an ex-showbiz journalist who was formerly executive editor of The Sun newspaper, claimed that the allegations, published in Byline Times on Monday, were part of a “campaign to destroy my life”.

The publishers behind The Sun and MailOnline said that they are looking into allegations after claims that Wootton offered colleagues tens of thousands of pounds in return for sexual material.

Speaking live on his GB News show, Mr Wootton acknowledged past “errors of judgement” but rejected “unspeakable slurs” from “revolting blogs” after the allegations he had used the pseudonym Martin Branning and offered individuals large sums of money in return for filming themselves carrying out sex acts.

He said: “I, like all fallible human beings, have made errors of judgement in the past, but the criminal allegations against me are simply untrue. On the advice of my lawyers, I cannot comment further.

“I am coming on air tonight with a lot of humility, too. Being in the middle of this witch-hunt has made me think a lot about the sort of journalist and broadcaster I aspire to be.”

He added: “Who doesn’t have regrets? Should I be cancelled for them many years later, or do you accept I have learned and changed?”

Wootton claimed “dark forces” were “trying to take this brilliant channel down.”

He said: “We have all found ourselves under attack, and that’s because GB News is the biggest threat to the establishment in decades, and they will stop at nothing to destroy us.

“I recognise that by speaking out in this way I am opening the gates of hell on my life.”

A spokesperson for News UK, which owns The Sun, said: “We are looking into the allegations made in recent days. We are not able to make any further comment at this stage.”

Wootton currently writes a regular column for MailOnline.

A spokesperson for its parent company, DMG Media said: “We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them.”

i is part of Harmsworth Media, a sister division of DMG Media, and has complete editorial independence.

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