Love Island’s Dr Alex says he’s “disgusted and appalled” by the outrageous attack on Professor Chris Whitty.
The 30-year-old TV star has spoken out after England’s chief medical officer was manhandled by two men over the weekend in London’s St James’s Park, with the incident being filmed by one of them.
The footage, which has now gone viral, was seen by mental health ambassador Dr Alex, who has called on the public to share information on the thugs if they can.
Taking to his Instagram Story, he wrote: “Disgusted and appalled at the footage of Professor Chris Whitty being man handled and accosted at the weekend.
“Cowardly thugs doing that to a man who has given so much. If you know who they are make sure you report them to the @metpolice_uk.”
In the video, both men excitedly chant “oi oi” and say “one photo please” as the scientist – who has helped lead the country through the pandemic – looks uncomfortable.
Professor Whitty is shown ducking to get free after one of the men puts his arm around his neck as they try to take a selfie, only for them to follow him.
As he attempts to walk away, he is seen looking concerned at the camera as the men repeatedly grab him and continue to pose.
With a line of police vans visible in the background, a voice is heard saying: “Leave the gentleman alone” before the clip ends.
After the shocking incident, Boris Johnson tweeted: “I’m shocked at seeing the despicable harassment of Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty. I condemn the behaviour of these thugs. Our hard-working public servants should not have to face this kind of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it.”
Meanwhile, Dr Alex has been tuning in to the new series of Love Island, which propelled him to fame in 2017.
He has also delivered a warning to the new contestants as he urged them not to underestimate what life will be like after the show.
Dr Alex suggested that they shouldn’t rush to leave their jobs after appearing in the show.
Speaking to the Express, Alex said that it was important for the cast not to get carried away, and said they needed to ‘look after themselves’.
Speaking to the publication, Alex said that contestants shouldn’t bank on the Love Island experience being just a means to gain a social media following.
“I think go in for the right reasons and don’t underestimate what it can be like coming out,” he explained.
“Don’t leave a good job if you can’t go back to it, that would be the one bit of advice I would give to anyone, be sure you can go back to your job.”
He added: “I knew I could always go back. With some careers, people don’t feel comfortable going back, that creates problems.”
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