On Super i.e. the Spain version of Big Brother aka Bigg Boss, a female contestant was raped by a peer before the show’s producers decided to forcibly make her see the video.
This is as grotesque as it gets. A contestant in the Spanish version of Big Boss aka Big Brother was raped by a fellow contestant when asleep.
And if that wasn’t shocking enough, the victim was forced to watch a recorded video of the heinous crime.
The event caused a huge uproar in the Spanish speaking world. Since then, scores of corporations have backed out from sponsoring the Spanish TV reality show.
The Heinous Crime
The victim Carlota Prado was directed to the diary room where she was made to see the shocking video. In the video, a fellow contestant forced himself onto her without consent when she was sleeping after having had some drinks.
When she saw the video, Prado urged the ‘Super’ (Bigg Boss) to stop the video. She said, “Please, Super, stop now, please,” with tears in her eyes.
However, the Super was apathetic and refused to stop the tape. The ‘voice’ said, “We think you need to see this, Carlota.”
Although the primetime episode of the Bigg Boss’ Spain version did not have the scene, the tape was leaked to the Spanish media.
Consensual? Not at all.
The victim Carlota Prado had no clue that such a thing had happened. The person who raped her was her own in-house boyfriend José María López. López and Prado started seeing each other inside the Super house.
The tape had occurred after a sloshed Prado was taken to her bed by José María López after she was too drunk to help herself.
As per the leaked footage of the rape, Prado had urged López to step away, saying, “no, I can’t” but her in-house boyfriend relented, got into her bed and allegedly raped her for several minutes. More alarmingly, the Super production team waited for several minutes before interrupting López over the room speaker and making him stop finally.
The Super Aftermath
Since the incident that took place in the diary room was made public by Spanish digital media El Confidencial, several advertisers have backed out from supporting the Spanish version of Big Brother aka Bigg Boss.
The firms include major names like Telefónica and Ferrero Rocher in a list that counts more than 40 well-known brands.
The firm that holds the rights for the Big Brother aka Bigg Boss format released a statement conceding that Spain’s Super showing Prado the footage of the alleged rape without a psychologist being present was a mistake.
The statement said, “With hindsight, we regret that the conversation where Carlota was informed took place in the diary room environment.”
A Trial Awaits
López has been thrown out of the Super whereas Prado is being provided psychological support to relieve her from the trauma.
Prado spent many days away in a hotel before making a return to Super. A complaint has been filed with the Spanish police against López by a production company Zeppelin (makers of Gran Hermano) Prado has also filed an individual complaint.
López has denied the charges but an investigative judge has said that the incident has strong ground to put him on trial for alleged sexual abuse.