Spaniard Reporter Alfonso Merlos Awarded Donkey Of The Day
A Spanish news anchor was accused of cheating on his TV star girlfriend when viewers spotted a semi-naked woman saunter behind him while he was filming a live segment, according to a report.
Alfonso Merlos, 41, was hosting the Estado de Alarma (“State of Alarm”) channel news report from his home amid the coronavirus lockdown when the scantily clad gal walked into the background of the shot, according to the Sun.
Eagle-eyed fans pointed out the woman was not his partner, Marta López, a former star of the “Big Brother” reality show — sparking a media firestorm earlier this week, according to the outlet.
Merlos remained silent for days despite accusations of two-timing, then apologized to López during an appearance on the “Ana Rosa” news show Monday.
“If you think that my attitude has not been correct or that there are things that I have not done well, I have no problem asking for forgiveness, although my goal was not to harm someone else,” he said.
He claimed he’d broken up with the reality star before the at-home segment was shot — but Lopez insisted they were still together at the time. She called the incident “unpleasant” and “shameful.”
The partially clothed woman was later identified as journalist Alexia Rivas, according to the local new site 20 Minutos. Rivas said she has been dating the newsman for several weeks.
[via New York Post]