Cameron warns against 'gay witch hunt' over 'Tory child abusers' claim
British anchor of ITV's 'This Morning', Phillip Schofield was forced to apologise after he ambushed British Prime Minister David Cameron on live television with a list of alleged Tory paedophiles, compiled from a cursory search on the internet.
Schofield admitted that he had put it together after spending three minutes collecting unsubstantiated gossip online.
"If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention. I was not accusing anyone of anything and it is essential that it is understood that I would never be part of any kind of witch-hunt," the Daily Mail quoted Schofield, as saying.
According to the paper, after Cameron was presented with the list, he responded by warning of a 'witch-hunt' that meant prominent people were being wrongly accused of child abuse simply because they were gay.
"Look Phillip, I think this is really important. There is a danger if we are not careful, that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly against people who are gay," he said.
"I'm worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now... giving me a list of names you have taken off the internet. Anyone who has any information about anyone who is a paedophile, no matter how high up in British society they are, that is what the police are for," he added
Downing Street later attacked it as a 'silly stunt' and 'trial by Twitter', while MPs warned it could distract from serious allegations of abuse of children being investigated by a string of official inquiries, the paper said.
Schofield also apologized for a 'misjudged camera angle', which meant some of the names could have been seen by viewers.
"Unfortunately there may have been a misjudged camera angle for a split second as I showed the Prime Minister some information I had obtained from the internet. I asked for his reaction to give him the opportunity to make a point which he very clearly made about the dangers of any witch-hunt," he said.