Billy Brown and Josh Le Grove accuse producers of failing to intervene to stop bullying

Love Island contestants Billy Brown and Josh Le Grove have accused the producers of the popular reality dating show of “allowing” bullying take place.

Both men entered the villa after Casa Amor in early July and have since been dumped off the island. Brown, 23, was voted out of the villa on Wednesday (July 20), while Le Grove, 22, was dumped on Friday (July 15) the week before.

The former contestants have appeared on the Secure the Uncertain podcast, hosted by Johnny Seifert and outspoken about bullying and misogyny in the villa.

It comes after the hit ITV show was besieged by thousands of complaints to Ofcomthe broadcasting regulator, in connection with claims of misogyny, sexism and bullying among the male participants.

When asked if any of them had witnessed such behavior, Brown told Seifert, “I understand why people say about the bullying [sic]. I can see why, I can understand.

“For me… Some people in the villa, the way they behaved, yes they might be fed up or annoyed or something, but especially for the girls – don’t go and keep hurting that girl all the time, like Tasha.

‘Don’t go and keep going to her, going to her, going to her. It’s no fun to see that. I don’t like that no one feels out of place or that they can’t just talk to someone.

“For example, Luca and Dami, they just go for Tasha all the time. They might consider it a joke, but when I spoke to Tasha, one night she cried. I saw her there alone and went to her.”

The construction worker asked 23-year-old Tasha Ghouri how it was ‘actually’, and she replied, ‘I’m fed up. Everyone just goes after me. I try to do what’s best for me and nobody understands.”

Brown continued: “Everyone needs to feel that they are understood or that someone is there. Then it’s just constant, just negative things being thrown at her, and I didn’t like seeing it.

Le Grove added: “Imagine you are in grade 11 at school and the teacher is just coming out of the classroom, it felt like that atmosphere.

“I feel like a producer could have easily stepped in and said, ‘Listen, this is how it comes across’ or ‘How would you be on the outside?'”

Le Grove said he felt like Love Island producers would “sit back and like to make something come across a certain way”.

He explained that “some people get carried away” and it would have been better if the crew intervened to warn the islanders if certain behavior “didn’t come across very well”.

“They don’t understand that these guys are potentially going to express a lot of hatred,” he added. “It could have stopped a while ago because you don’t know how they’re going to trade. You don’t know how it will affect them if they come out and see comments.

“That should be something they could have stepped into and tried to stop it before it got to the point it’s at.”

Fans have accused islanders Luca Bish and Dami Hope of bullying Ghouri during the show. especially during a challenge called Snog, Marry, Pie.

The challenge caused Ghouri to be mocked the most by the male contestants, while Bish and Hope followed their pies with harsh words.

The independent has contacted ITV for comment.

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