Jeremy Kyle Show: Trolls target woman after death of partner who appeared on show
24 May 2019, 11:33 | Updated: 24 May 2019, 12:41
The ex-partner of a man who died after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show says she is being bullied by online trolls.
Jane Callaghan, from Gosport, Hampshire, said she had been the target of hundreds of comments on social media calling her a "cheating slapper", "twisted" and a "slut".
She told her local newspaper The News: "They are making out like I am the bad person.
"I have done nothing wrong. He cheated on me and I was completely in the dark about everything else he had done.
"He was a monster but he doesn't deserve this now and neither do I. I cared about him and he loved me."
Her ex-partner Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead at his home in Portsmouth on 9 May after he and Ms Callaghan ended their relationship.
An inquest into his death was opened on Wednesday and adjourned until November, with police telling the hearing that suicide was suspected.
Mr Dymond had told his landlady that he had gone on The Jeremy Kyle Show for a lie detector test to show he had not been cheating on Ms Callaghan.
He had been worried about the repercussions of his appearance on the show, the inquest heard.
The ITV show was brought to an end after 14 years following the death of Mr Dymond, with Kyle saying he was "utterly devastated".
MPs have launched an inquiry into reality TV and watchdog Ofcom has revealed it will look at the use of lie detector tests in the future.
Mr Dymond's death prompted national outcry against reality TV shows, including ITV's dating show Love Island, from which two former contestants have taken their own lives.
Ahead of the fifth series of Love Island, ITV shared its duty of care processes, in which it said this year it would offer "enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package".
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