7th December 2023
Barcelona News Catalonia News Madrid News Main News

Contestant on Spain’s ‘Big Brother’ jailed for sexual assault on camera

A contestant on ‘Gran Hermano’, Spain’s version of ‘Big Brother’, has been jailed for just over a year for sexually assaulting another contestant as the reality TV show was being filmed in 2017, court documents showed on Monday.

The incident took place following an alcohol-fuelled party when the victim, Carlota Prado, was in a clear state of inebriation.

Although the footage was never aired, the producers, Zeppelin TV, came under fire for their handling of the incident in which they confronted her with the video evidence the next morning in the so-called Big Brother confession room, causing her to break down.

José María López went on trial in November with the court sentencing him to ’15 months of prison for a sexual abuse offence against Carlota P. A. that took place … in the early hours of 4 November 2017′.

It also imposed a ‘four-year restraining order on him during which he must have no contact with the victim, and pay her €6,000 in compensation’, part of which must be paid by the Spanish production company that made the show.

‘Big Brother’ is a popular reality show featuring contestants locked in a purpose-built house for weeks on end, with their every move tracked on camera 24 hours a day. Viewers then vote off the contestants one by one.

The judge said that López — who was ‘driven by a lustful impulse, knowing Carlota P.A. was in a drunken stupor that would later lead to unconsciousness’ — had ‘removed her trousers while they were in bed and begun making sexual movements under the duvet’, despite the victim saying ‘I can’t’.

‘The defendant’s lewd movements continued for several minutes, until the victim’s face and arm were uncovered, revealing her unconscious state, prompting (the producers) to intervene,’ he wrote. López was immediately kicked off the show.

The story only became public two years later when El Confidencial news website released footage of the moment the producers confronted her in the confession room in which she can be seen breaking down and pleading with them to turn it off.

The trial had been due to start in February 2022 but it was delayed because Prado was struggling with her mental health and didn’t feel able to testify.

The producers Zeppelin TV issued a statement on Monday, stating their ‘respect for the sentence handed down in the criminal proceedings, during which they cooperated with justice in an absolutely transparent manner’.

Sign up for the FREE Weekly Newsletter from Spain in English.

Please support Spain in English with a donation.

Click here to get your business activity or services listed on our DIRECTORY.

Click here for further details on how to ADVERTISE with us.


Recent Posts

11 arrests, as police seize 260,000 litres of unconsumable ‘extra virgin oil’

News Desk

Queen Letizia’s former brother-in-law claims he had an affair with her

News Desk

Spain arrests two intelligence agents who allegedly passed secrets to the USA

News Desk

Spanish media association files €550m lawsuit against Meta over data protection

News Desk

Telefónica to cut 5,100 jobs in Spain by 2026 – approximately 25% of workforce

News Desk

Israel recalls Spanish ambassador after ‘outrageous remarks’ by Pedro Sánchez

News Desk

Leave a Comment