October 15, 2019

Love Island 2019: Sherif Lanre removed for ‘kicking Molly-Mae in the groin’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Love Island 2019: Sherif Lanre removed for ‘kicking Molly-Mae in the groin’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Sherif left the Love Island villa earlier in the week as a statement from ITV detailed that he had “broken villa rules”.

While the rule break was not detailed by the show, Sherif has now told The Sun it was down to him accidentally kicking Molly-Mae.

He said it happened while he was play fighting with Molly-Mae and Tommy Fury, after which he used “offensive” language.

The 20-year-old told the publication: “I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards. She did appear to be in pain at first but then she stood up and seemed fine and we started laughing about it.

“I turned to Tommy and said, ‘That was a c**t punt.’ I realise now that was wrong and I would like to apologise. I’ve never used the word before and I don’t know where it came from. I think I have heard other people saying it and it just popped out.

“But I realise it can be offensive and, as someone that was raised by a strong and loving mother, I want to say that I would never intentionally harm a woman.

“I know I have been stupid and let myself down but I was not being malicious. This has been blown out of all proportion and I have been made to look like a terrible person when I am not.”

A spokesperson for ITV told Express.co.uk: “Sherif fully accepted and agreed that he broke the rules and that he should leave.

“We have a duty of care towards all of the Islanders and as such we would not make public the details of the breach of code.”

The statement released by ITV earlier in the week read: “After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.”

Meanwhile, Sherif said in a statement on Tuesday: “In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa.

“I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20-year-old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.”

He added: “I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.”

Sherif later took to his Instagram page on Wednesday to share with his followers that he was “all good”.

On his Instagram stories in view of his 345,000 followers, Sherif wrote: “Thank you to everyone including my friends and family for the support I’ve come back to.

“I appreciate you all and hope I provided some good, positive moments during my time on Love Island, and for anyone wondering, I’m all good.”

The chef continued: “#ItIsWhatItIs #BiggerThingsToCome.”

In Tuesday’s instalment of the contest, narrator Iain Stirling addressed the matter of Sherif’s removal.

In the voiceover, he was heard saying: “Earlier today, following conversations with producers Sherif left the villa. But for the other islanders it’s another day in paradise.”

Love Island continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV2.

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