Strict judge Motsi Mabuse ‘wore £58,000 worth of diamonds hired with BBC license payers’ money’
BBC license fee payers funded the hire of £58,000 worth of luxury diamonds for strict judge Motsi Mabuse to wear during the ballroom show, it was reported last night.
Motsi, who is paid £200,000 per set, showed off a sparkling array of jewellery, including an £18,300 platinum bracelet she had rented from Boodles – which claims to be Britain’s leading fine diamond jewelery retailer.
Motsi, 41, the sister of former professional dancer Strictly Oti Mabusi, paired the bracelet with other items from Boodles – a large platinum diamond earring worth £15,600, a ring diamond bracelet in platinum at £14,300 and a white gold diamond bracelet at £10,000.
The ballroom star’s stylist, Sinead McKeefry – who dresses her for the program – plugged the brand on her Instagram account, but has since been reprimanded, the Mail on Sunday reported.
The BBC has strict rules that prevent their talent from plugging in products on social media, whether they receive free products, or have borrowed or rented them.
Although the regulations do not cover star employees, bosses reportedly took a “dim view” of the stylist’s messages and insisted she change them.
Motsi’s decision to wear the expensive jewelry – which was returned within days – comes after free-to-air TV licenses were scrapped for over-75s unless they receive a pension credit.
A BBC spokeswoman said last night: ‘The BBC have clear guidelines in place which we take very seriously.
“The social media posts referred to have been edited.”