Ex-RTÉ presenter Eoghan McDermott returns to Love Island Australia duties after false allegations of sexual misconduct

Former RTÉ presenter Eoghan McDermott returns to the limelight nearly two years after he was falsely accused of sexual misconduct by a woman on social media.

The 38-year-old will be back to narrate Love Island Australia’s new series after being replaced last year by Cork actor and comedian Stephen Mullan, who suddenly disappeared from the airwaves.

Mr McDermott had previously voiced the first two seasons of the Channel 9 dating show.

A spokeswoman for the show said: Independent.ie: “Eoghan will be narrating this year’s upcoming season of Love Island Australia.”

In February 2021, the Limerick native left the popular 2FM breakfast show, which he co-presented with Doireann Garrihy, and no reason was given for his departure.

In March this year, he broke his silence in a statement saying that “false allegations” had been made about him – citing comments posted anonymously on Twitter and Reddit in which a woman accused him of sexual misconduct accused.

“Although these allegations have not been investigated or verified, they have been widely circulated, the implications of which I am still processing,” McDermott said.

“Upon request and out of consideration for the other party to the dispute, I will not comment further on this matter.”

Mr McDermott accompanied the Twitter post with a letter from Mary Cowhey Solicitors, representing his accuser, to his own attorney, Paul Tweed.

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The letter states that her client made false allegations against the moderator in a series of internet posts and a series of tweets sent via an anonymous Twitter account in March 2021.

“These comments stemmed from a relationship they had in or around October 2010,” the statement said.

“Our client accepts that there were a number of serious untruths in her publications that may have caused distress to her client and those closest to her.”

“Our client sincerely regrets the publication of the inaccuracies contained in these publications and acknowledges that they have had an adverse effect on your client and those close to him.

“These inaccuracies were the product of the elapsed time since 2010 and the tweets published. They also stemmed from undue reliance on incorrect information from third parties.”

It went on to say that her client accepted that she was of legal age at the time she and Mr. McDermott met or entered into a physical relationship, contrary to what was originally claimed.

“She acknowledges the seriousness of this false claim and unequivocally retracts it. Our client also fully accepts that she falsely claimed that her client fled the country based on these allegations,” she added.

Her client’s suggestions that members of his family were in An Garda Síochána were also “inaccurate and unfounded”.

They also said their client accepts that it is wrong to tweet and retweet unsubstantiated claims of third-party sexual assault, as well as to make “completely false” claims that he was involved in illegal drug use in a work-related video.

“Our client regrets her actions and recognizes that her actions have caused and continue to cause harm and suffering to your client and those close to her,” she added.

Her client accepted that Mr McDermott disputed her version of what happened during their relationship.

“Our client has deleted the statements she posted on both Twitter and Reddit and undertakes not to repost them in any forum, public or private,” it reads.

Love Island Australia Season 4 will begin airing on October 31st.

https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/ex-rte-presenter-eoghan-mcdermott-to-return-to-love-island-australia-duties-after-false-sexual-misconduct-allegations-42079106.html Ex-RTÉ presenter Eoghan McDermott returns to Love Island Australia duties after false allegations of sexual misconduct

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