Piers Morgan slams Love Island for not removing ‘predator’ Maura from villa

More than 700 viewers complained about her behaviour

| Updated:

Piers Morgan has hit out at Love Island bosses for not removing Maura Higgins from the villa for her behaviour towards Tommy Fury a few weeks ago.

Maura became the centre of criticism last month when she straddled boxer Tommy and tried to kiss him even though he said no and swerved the smooch.

Around 700 viewers have complained to watchdog Ofcom about Maura’s behaviour and Good Morning Britain presenter Piers has said if it was a man, he would have been “thrown out of the villa”.

Piers slammed Maura’s behaviour (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Dad of Love Island star Amy ‘found it too painful to watch her in villa’ as she quits

On Tuesday’s edition of the daytime show, Piers said: “She attacks men – here she is forcing herself on a man and she’s a feminist icon.

“Of course if a man was doing this to a girl in there he would be attacked, shamed and probably arrested and jailed.

“But because she’s doing it she’s a feminist icon. If a man did it he would be thrown out of the house.”

Maura tried to kiss Tommy a few weeks ago (Credit: ITV2)

Last month, Piers branded Maura a “predator” for her actions towards Tommy during an episode of GMB.

At the time, Ofcom received almost 500 complaints on the Friday the scenes aired (June 14).

A spokesperson has said: “While we recognise that many viewers disapproved of a contestant’s behaviour in this episode, we took into account the context in which it occurred, including the nature of Maura and Tommy’s relationship, before and after.”

709 out of the 726 complaints were from viewers who alleged that Maura had “sexually harassed” Tommy by trying to kiss him, Ofcom said.

From ITV Studios Love Island: SR5: Ep30 on ITV2 Pictured: Maura and Curtis chat. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website For further information please contact: / 0207 157 3052
Viewers complained about Maura’s behaviour towards Tommy (Credit: ITV2)
Meanwhile, more recently Maura has been caught up in more drama after admitting she fancies fellow islander Curtis Pritchard, who was coupled up with Amy Hart.

Amy has quit the villa after her split from Curtis reportedly left her “broken hearted”.

Read more: “Broken-hearted” Amy Hart quits Love Island

A spokesperson for the show said: “Amy has decided to leave the villa after she didn’t find love with Curtis.

“She is a strong woman who knows her own mind and the show has given her the confidence to give finding love on the outside a go.”

Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think of this story.