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Brazil Cops Investigate Alleged TV Sex Assault

Male participant booted off Big Brother reality show over allegations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2012 6:37 PM CST
Brazil Cops Investigate Alleged TV Sex Assault
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(Newser) – A potential new low in reality-TV land: Brazil police have opened an investigation into a possible sexual assault that occurred on camera, reports AP and the Guardian. A 31-year-old male participant on Big Brother Brazil is accused of assaulting a 23-year-old woman on the show after she passed out following a party. Grainy images shot by broadcaster TV Globo that aired on the show's pay-per-view version show the two in bed together.

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Daniel Echaniz has been kicked off the show, which has labeled his behavior "gravely inadequate." Police have obtained the video clip and questioned cast members, but aren't providing details. The woman involved, Monique Amin, said she doesn't remember much. "Sex? No. Only if he was a real scumbag and did it while I was sleeping." (Read more reality TV stories.)

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