BBC settlement with politician likely: Lawyer

A lawyer for the politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal says his client is likely to reach a settlement soon with the BBC and may sue people who named him on Twitter.

Lawyer Andrew Reid said Thursday that a deal between Alistair McAlpine and the broadcaster is imminent. The BBC has already apologized for linking McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, to child sex abuse that happened decades ago in Wales. The mistaken report, broadcast nearly two weeks ago, has caused turmoil within BBC management ranks and led to resignation of its chief.

McAlpine, 70, told BBC radio he had been shocked by the report, which did not directly name him but led to Internet chatter about his purported role.

He said the BBC had not contacted him to verify the report before it was televised on Newsnight. "They should have called me and I would have told was complete rubbish," he said.

He seemed shaken by the accustions against him. "To find yourself a figure of public hatred, unjustifiably, is terrifying."

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