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We watched on in horror this morning as Sammy Woodhouse, a victim of rape - whose attacker had been invited to see her son - was interviewed by Piers Morgan, who in turn launched into an explosive rant at Rotherham Council live on Good Morning Britain.
The Good Morning Britain host, 53, and co-host Susanna Reid, 47, spoke to Sammy - who was 15 when she gave birth to Arshid Hussain's baby. He was the ringleader of a grooming gang in the Northern UK town.
Hussain was sent to prison for 35 years in 2016 after he was convicted of 23 child sex offences but Rotherham Council informed him he would be able to seek out visits with the child.
Sammy, who is now 33, decided to waive her right to anonymity and explained: "When I testified in court for the things he had done to me as a child and he was sentenced to 35 years, I honestly thought I'd never have to deal with this man ever again, I thought, you know, this is it, my life can finally start over and of course I was wrong.
"For Rotherham Council to do this... not only have I proven that he is a risk to myself, to children all over the country, but I've proved he is a direct harm to my child as well and the fact that they've done this - I'm just in shock."
In response to Sammy, Piers explained that he didn't think any person who had been convicted of rape could ever get access to any child born from their 'appalling actions'.
He added: "This is a serial groomer and rapist, the worst type of human being imaginable."
Following the interview, the presenters had to read out two statements. The first came from Rotherham Council which Susanna read out.
We approached Rotherham Council for a statement.
This is what it said. pic.twitter.com/fEiCHozanT
- Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 28, 2018
When it came to the second statement, which was provided by the Ministry of Justice, Piers said: "What a load of crap. Really, Rotherham Council? That's your response, that's your defence, for allowing a serial rapist who impregnated a young girl... what a disgrace."
He went on: "Do you know what, there's another statement that we apparently have to read, no we don't, no we don't, no, no. Apparently we do but you know what, we're not going to.
"So I don't care, you come and sue us. Come and sue us... they're all shouting in our ear 'read it', no. We're not going to read it. We're not, until they change the law, we're not going to read it."
Charlotte Hawkins proceeded to read out the statement, ignoring Piers' protestations.
She explained: "I've been asked to read the statement - the Ministry of Justice says this is obviously a very distressing incident.
"Local authorities can apply to courts to request permission not to notify parents without parental responsibility about care proceedings, courts should consider the potential harm to the child and the mother when making this decision."
And Piers' response: "What a load of crap, seriously we should never have read that".
Who'd have thought the day would come that we actually agree with Piers Morgan?
Featured Image Credit: ITV/Good Morning Britain
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