CHANNEL 5 apologized and offered to pay “substantial damages” to a victim of OCD after finding a television crew at her home.
Natasha Lowe took legal action earlier this year after discovering that strangers were going through her things and stomping on her carpet during the filming of Can’t Pay? We will win !.
Ms Lowe said she “suffered a tightening of the chest and had difficulty breathing” as a result of the ordeal.
She was even forced to take an asthma inhaler after discovering the two bailiffs and the three-man film crew who were filming the episode in her apartment.
She said the bailiffs involved in the scheme – which tracks debt collectors – told her they were going to take away £ 6,000 worth of goods.
Ms Lowe, who was using crutches due to medical issues at the time, says her OCD “exacerbated the upheaval” of meeting five random people in her house “touching her possessions and walking on her carpet.”
She added that her plight had been broadcast to “several million” viewers and had claimed up to £ 100,000 in compensation.
But a hearing at the High Court in London on Thursday was informed that the legal dispute has now been resolved through settlement.
William Bennett QC, representing Ms Lowe, told the court that Channel 5 had offered to pay its legal costs although it had previously denied any wrongdoing.
The audience was told that at the time of filming in February 2016, Ms Lowe was living with her then-partner, who was said to be in debt to her ex-girlified.
His wife in question asked the team to collect the debt at Ms Lowe’s apartment in Woolwich, and the team were invited on their way to work.
She then returned home “in a state of panic” after her ex-partner called to say that agents were “about to seize her possessions unless she could provide receipts to prove that she owned them. “.
“Upon her return, she made it clear to the film crew that she did not want to be filmed and the crew therefore agreed to vacate the property,” Bennett said.
Ms Lowe believed she was on the verge of losing her possessions as she had not kept any receipts, the incident having come as a “total shock” to her.
“The broadcast of the show caused considerable upheaval and distress to the applicant,” said Bennett.
“This was particularly upsetting for her as she did not owe the corresponding debt.”
Channel 5 has since vowed to no longer broadcast the program or make it available on the Internet, publicly apologizing to Ms Lowe “for the distress the program has caused her.”
In a statement, Robbie Stern, a representative for Channel 5 and Brinkworth Films, said, “They (Channel 5) have always believed that this program was part of a real public service series, where each of the stories involves a balancing public interest issues with the right to privacy ”.
He added: “They are prepared to accept, however, that on this occasion, as far as the Applicant is concerned, they may well have misbalanced that balance.
“And for this reason, they are ready to settle his claim and apologize for the distress caused to him by the airing of the episode in question.”
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