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Charles And Diana Ingram Still Claim They Didn't Cheat On Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

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Charles And Diana Ingram Still Claim They Didn't Cheat On Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Major Charles Ingram's lawyer has said that evidence exists that could completely debunk the coughing scandal which saw him and his wife Diana convicted of cheating to win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Rhona Friedman, who represents Charles and Diana, appeared on today's edition of This Morning (Wednesday 15 April), explaining that new developments in technology have meant the case has been reopened 20 years on.

Rhona appeared on This Morning to speak about the case. Credit: ITV
Rhona appeared on This Morning to speak about the case. Credit: ITV

Speaking to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, she said: "Where we've got to now is the ability to properly discern the many coughs.

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"There was a lot of coughing, although Charles and Chris Tarrant didn't hear it during the recording. I think, as will become clearer in the TV show and was made clear in the play which it was based on, there were just under 200 coughs during the recording."

In 2001, the pair were found to have teamed up with waiting contestant Tecwen Whittock to get to the £1,000,000 prize on the ITV show, with Diana and their accomplice coughing at certain points so that they could help Charles answer the right question if he didn't know the answer.

Friedman also shared that she believes host Chris Tarrant had changed his mind on Charles being guilty after hearing him give evidence at the trial.

ITV drama Quiz revisits the scandal. Credit: ITV
ITV drama Quiz revisits the scandal. Credit: ITV
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She added: "Chris has reached a position, he gave evidence, his evidence at court was 'I didn't hear anything', but of course, he's very wedded to the show to his colleagues, who did, I think, convince him that something suspicious had been going on, which he wasn't aware of during the programme.

"I think that speaks volumes, I think that's more than Chris's opinion now, I'm afraid."

Charles Ingram has also launched an attack on Chris Tarrant, after ITV series Quiz revisited the coughing scandal.

He tweeted: "We were good until he was told otherwise. Tarrant wants to protect his legacy, his team, and the integrity of the UK production.

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"I get that, but there is the more important issue of justice... including all public that spent millions phoning and appeared. Who protects us?"

Chris Tarrant at the trial in 2003. Credit: PA
Chris Tarrant at the trial in 2003. Credit: PA

Ingram added: "Tarrant should have been a defence witness.

"I think he's proven he will do anything to protect his legacy, the famed UK production and his 'family' regardless of what they have done.

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"It says much that he feels no responsibility toward the people who apply and appear on the show."

Ingram added: "Tarrant is not the person people think he is. TV does that. He suffers from delusions of grandeur and despite no proof I cheated he keeps harping on to protect his mates.

"I'm sad for him. P.S., I'm still calm."

The last episode of Quiz airs tonight - Wednesday 15 April - at 9pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, UK Entertainment

Amelia Ward
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