I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! runner-up Joel Dommett has said being tricked into making a sex tape was “a genuinely horrific thing for another human being to do”.
Footage of the comedian emerged shortly before he entered the Australian jungle for the ITV competition and Joel has said it was the result of “catfishing,” when somebody adopts a fake online persona.
In a lengthy Facebook post written from the perspective of his penis, he wrote: “I was quite happy being a completely unknown penis and this new found fame is frankly horrific for me and Joel, although we have both realised that it’s better to laugh about it than cry about it.”
He added: “Joel was Catfished a long time ago by somebody pretending to be someone else on the internet and was lured into Skype sex.
“That Skype sex session turned out to be entirely fake and has come back to bite Joel in the ass (Joel’s Ass is a good friend of mine and also features in the video).
“It’s a genuinely horrific thing for another human being to do, to take advantage of what is private of someone’s life and make it public for everyone to see.
“He obviously chose to go into I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and people may argue that you are forfeiting a life of privacy with that choice, which he agrees with to a degree but there is a line.”
Joel said the “cruelly obtained video” is crossing the line.
The comedian, who was defeated by Scarlett Moffatt to win I’m A Celebrity, encouraged people who have experienced something similar to seek help from the Samaritans and wrote: “This is a new type of crime and it’s not just happening to people of below average levels of fame like Joel.”
While he was in the jungle Joel told his fellow contestants about his experience, saying: “Basically someone messaged me online and after a while she said did you want Skype sex, so I was like ‘yes’. I was so naive.”
He went on: “I messaged a few weeks later and she didn’t reply and then a few years later the video was released online, it was released about a week before I came in here.”
The 30-year-old said he was tricked into thinking he was interacting with a woman but later discovered that had not been the case.
He said: “I thought I was having Skype sex with someone but it was actually a video and it turned out it was someone watching me, watching porn, a porno Gogglebox.”