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By Sapa-AP | Jan 18, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 64 ]

31-year-old male model was booted off the show after allegations emerged that he had engaged in sexual behaviour with a female contestant after she’d passed out.

Brazilian police are investigating allegations of sexual assault aired on the country’s Big Brother reality TV show, a spokeswoman for Rio’s police department said.

Police inspector Antonio Ricardo L. Nunes said he questioned show participants a day after the wildly popular programme announced that contestant Daniel Echaniz was being thrown out over suspicions  of “gravely inadequate” behaviour.

Nunes would provide no details on the questioning.

Echaniz, a 31-year-old male model, was booted off the show after allegations emerged that he had engaged in sexual behaviour with contestant Monique Amin after she’d passed out.

The incident allegedly took place following a boozy party Saturday night.

Grainy programme footage shows the two in a bed, the leopard print sheets moving as Amin lays inert.

Speaking on Monday night’s show, Big Brother Brazil presenter Pedro Bial said, “We analyzed images that show a violation of the rules of the programme. Following careful study, the programme’s management found that the behaviour of the participant ... was gravely inadequate.”   

The incident has been the subject of intense water cooler discussion, sparking questions about what exactly entails sexual assault. It’s a sticky topic in Brazil, where matters of sexuality remain fraught, despite the country’s international reputation for sexual liberation.

Two opposing Twitter feeds have been created, one applauding Echaniz’s removal and the other one advocating his return to the show. A host of local celebrities have also chimed in on the Twitter debate, with several voicing suspicions that Amin was not really unconscious. Others have suggested the incident was her fault for drinking too much.

Echaniz’s disqualification has also sparked murmurings about racism, as the dark-skinned male model is of mixed race, while Amin  is white.

A report in the O Globo newspaper cites Echaniz’s mother, Maria Aparecida Echaniz, as contending that “Daniel is the victim of racism.

“There have already been (such incidents on the show) and they didn’t have such consequences,” she is quoted as saying.

While participants have been kicked off Big Brother productions in other countries for sexually questionable behaviour, this is the first disqualification on the Brazilian show. Produced by Rede Globo channel, the Brazilian programme is in its 12th year.

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she was f@ck#d for sleeping on the job!
i alos dont watch this senseless programme - dont see any value in doing that

Jan 20, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

@naledi28
Yah neh big brother is nosense dnt get why people love it so much!! a bunch of grown people in one house doing well Fokol!!!
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No no no they are doing something to each other in this case hau!!!

Jan 18, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

Yah neh big brother is nosense dnt get why people love it so much!! a bunch of grown people in one house doing well Fokol!!!

Jan 18, 2012 11:23 | 0 replies

Why did she join Big Brother if she knows she can't handle the booze, ho na bjanong she got drunk abula ba lahlela sies what drankard, she must come to SOWETO the ladies will teach her drinking attiquete. Stupid Brazilian and o otlwile monate......

Jan 18, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

Its called "taking advantage of the situation........."

Jan 18, 2012 11:6 | 0 replies

I don't know what's the big deal about this show.

Jan 18, 2012 11:4 | 0 replies

Selo se ke lebetara, o se bona feela

Jan 18, 2012 10:50 | 0 replies

@Miss_Independant - Next time when you write email address over the net, try missDOTindependant857ATgmailDOTcom. The way you wrote it, you might as well invite the BOTS and get the SPAM of mails offering to sell you viagras, LOL

Jan 18, 2012 10:37 | 0 replies

His face says it all...$ex maniac this 31 year old model

Jan 18, 2012 10:23 | 0 replies

Moer Bonang tshehlana eo Banna le nna ne nkaja

Jan 18, 2012 10:15 | 0 replies

Why is this even being discussed there?
Its just disgusting what some people will attempt to defend.

Jan 18, 2012 10:13 | 0 replies