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BB confirms investigation into new housemate’s racist tweets

The messages date back five years

Big Brother contestant Ellis Hillon is being investigated for a series of racist tweets in connection to the 9/11 tragedy, Channel 5 has confirmed.

The sweet and smiling McDonald’s worker from Glasgow entered the house to cheers from the crowd during last night’s opening show but, just hours later, The Mirror Online allegedly uncovered racist tweets dating back to September 2014.

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Big Brother contestant Ellie is currently under investigation by Channel 5 (Credit: Channel 5)

The tweets are directed at the perpetrators of the 2001 tragedy.

One specific tweet, reportedly written by the 19-year-old, reads: “Oh bleep, aye it’s 9/11! RIP to everyone who died and [bleep] they smelly [bleep] terrorist [bleep]!”

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Another post, written in January 2015, four months after her 9/11 slur, also uses the racist n-word, although it isn’t clear what this is referring to.

It reads: “Real [bleeps] #sbo.”

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Scottish Ellie proved popular with crowds during the launch show (Credit: Channel 5)

Entertainment Daily have reached out to Channel 5 for comment but they previously told Metro.co.uk: “We are currently investigating the authenticity of a number of historic social media posts.”

Upon entering the house, Ellis was adamant that the people she dislikes the most are “bullies”.

Describing her nightmare housemate, Ellis said: “Someone who is stuck up and someone who is a nasty person. That does not sit well with me, a bully, I don’t like that.”

Ahead of the tweets coming to light, bubbly Ellis had been an immediate favourite with the crowds.

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Ellis says she hates stuck up people and bullies (Credit: @ellishillon_)

Wearing a short tartan dress to enter the house, and describing herself as “a pain in the [bleep]”, the fast food waitress quickly gained herself the nickname of “the pocket rocket”.

Yet her time in the house, and her bid to win the £100,000 prize money, could be cut short if Channel 5 verify the tweets and make a decision to axe her.

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Rodrigo Alves was given a formal warning after using the n-word twice during his short stint in the house.

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Controversial contestant Rodrigo Alves was given a warning for his use of the n-word before being kicked out of the house for a separate incident (Credit: Channel 5)

In 2015, Playboy bunny Tila Tequila was also booted off the show, after pictures of her posing as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp emerged, alongside social media posts in which she described Hitler as “not the bad person he was made out to be”.

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But Ellis’ sister, who is posting on her Twitter account while she’s in the Big Brother house, described the allegations as “absolute rubbish”.

She tweeted: “There are no bad tweets. People just talk absolute rubbish and make fake things up.”

She then urged followers to be positive, adding: “There will be no negativity here and my sister will shine. Goodnight!”

The account has since been deleted.

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