GB News host Alex fights tears as shares harrowing revenge porn experience ‘I was beaten’

Alex Phillips opens up about revenge porn experience

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Following the introduction of legislation to combat revenge porn back in 2015, GB News presenter Alex Phillips opened up to viewers about how many cases continue to rise while conviction rates “tumbled”, she explained. Highlighting the dangers and prevalence the crime still has in the UK, Alex decided to open up about her own “hellish” experiences, putting forward claims she was the victim of threats from an ex who held “intimate and explicit” videos over her head in order to try and exploit money from her. During her candid and brave monologue to open The Afternoon Agenda, Alex became visibly emotional as she delved into the details.

The GB News host opened the discussion by saying to viewers: “Have you ever had the nightmare of being somewhere public, naked? A blind panic, the inability to do anything to protect your vulnerability. 

“That knot of utter dread in your stomach when you wake up and the relief when you realise it was all just a dream. It can be a recurring subconscious torment for pope suffering from anxiety. 

“For many of us, it is one of the most panic-inducing moments to contemplate.”

Turning the conversation from hypothetical to real, Alex continued: “Now imagine the horror of receiving a threat that explicit, intimate images of you could be shared with the entire world; friends, your colleagues, family, those who know you, those that don’t. 

“The terror of somebody taunting and intimating you with blackmail and threats to make your worst nightmare a reality.”

Alex took a moment to take a deep breath before admitting to viewers: “I know it well. 

“Mere weeks after being elected as a member of the European Parliament, my Belgian ex-boyfriend who I discovered was not only having a relationship with another woman who then gave birth to his child, but had stored my online banking details and was routinely sifting through my savings to fund his secret baby, entirely without my knowledge.”

Alex paused momentarily once again to keep her composure as she went on: “When I happened to one day open my computer to an account he had logged into and discovered the horrific true, my world came crashing down. 

“Everything I thought was true was a lie. My situation was to go from horrific to hellish.”

The GB News star then detailed how the supposed discovery of the theft and affair soon turned into another plot to exploit her further.

“Having discovered the full extent of the fraud and demanded he paid back the thousands he’d stolen, the threats began,” she added. 

“Threats to not only publish intimate videos of me he’d claimed he had filmed, but send them to every newsroom in the UK.”

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Alex continued: “Police in Brussels wouldn’t help, I was told it was the responsibility of the British police, the police in Britain said the opposite, plus it was only a threat. 

“The video he claimed had existed had not, at least to my knowledge, been posted anywhere. I’d hit a dead end.”

The GB News continued to fight back tears as she candidly admitted: “For days, weeks, months, the torment and the panic continued. I did not know where to turn.

Alex then explained she’d turned to an unnamed female journalist from The Sun to discuss the ordeal in case the threats were ever acted upon.

The GB News star admitted she was “harrowed” by the prospect of the videos coming to light and the prospect of appearing on “porn websites”.

Alex took another deep breath and said she was too “sacred, humiliated and exhausted” to have the story published. 

“To this day, my abuser has gotten away with it all,” Alex added as she paused momentarily to regain composure. “I was beaten.”

The presenter candidly went on: “This is the first time I’m telling this story publicly. Revenge porn, as it is called, is more prevalent than you think.”

The Afternoon Agenda airs weekdays at 4pm on GB News.

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