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Lawyer joins Big Brother review
Jade Goody
Jade Goody has denied she is a racist
Channel 4 has appointed a human rights lawyer to join its review of the reality show Big Brother.

Rabinder Singh QC will sit as the independent member on a three-strong panel commissioned in the wake of the race row which erupted last week.

Jade Goody and fellow housemates are accused of racist bullying towards Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.

Goody told a talkshow on Tuesday that she was living in fear and her home had been vandalised.

"I haven't been staying at home because, as you can imagine, things haven't been great," she said during an appearance on Five talk show The Wright Stuff.

"I went home this morning to get a change of clothes and my house windows had been smashed."

She has been staying in a hotel since she was evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house on Friday.

Essex police said later that a pane of glass at Goody's home in Ongar had been cracked but there were no smashed windows. The incident has been logged as criminal damage.

Review panel

Channel 4's chairman Luke Johnson and chief executive Andy Duncan commissioned a review of the "editorial and compliance processes" of Big Brother on Monday.

Shilpa Shetty
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty is tipped to win the show
Rabinder Singh QC is joined on the review panel by Channel 4 group finance director Anne Bulford and non-executive director Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House and a former chief executive of BBC News.

Singh is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, which he co-founded with the prime minister's wife Cherie Booth. He was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2006.

"I hope to be able to offer a robust and independent perspective to the process," he said.

In 2003 he became the first High Court judge to wear a turban instead of a wig.

Johnson said: "Andy and I are delighted Rabinder has agreed to assist the channel in its review.

"He is hugely respected in his field and demonstrably independent from Channel 4. I believe his help and expertise will be invaluable."

Media watchdog Ofcom has received more than 40,000 complaints about Celebrity Big Brother.

Bollywood star Shetty is now odds-on favourite to win the show, which concludes on Sunday.


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