Love Island row as star accuses ex co-star of ‘inappropriate touching’ – but he denies it

A FORMER Love Island star has accused castmate Hugo Hammond of “inappropriate touching” after the two were on the show together.

Sharon Gaffka alleges her friendship with Hugo ended because of his behaviour following their appearance in the villa.

Hugo Hammond has released a statement saying he strongly denies allegations of 'inappropriate touching' made by Sharon Gaffka


Hugo Hammond has released a statement saying he strongly denies allegations of ‘inappropriate touching’ made by Sharon GaffkaCredit: The Mega Agency
Love Island star Sharon made the allegations while appearing on a podcast


Love Island star Sharon made the allegations while appearing on a podcastCredit: Instagram/@sharongaffka/
In his statement, Hugo called the claims 'outageous'


In his statement, Hugo called the claims ‘outageous’

But Hugo has strongly denied the allegations, calling them “completely false” in a social media post today.

In a podcast interview, Sharon – an ex-civil servant from Oxford – claimed her former pal had “made jokes” about her being the victim of a spiking incident in 2020 during a drunken row.

Sharon, who has campaigned for tougher sentences for owning or supplying drugs used to spike drinks, made the allegations on the podcast Saving Grace.

Host Grace Keeling asked: “Aren’t you quite close with Hugo?”

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Sharon, 26, replied: “So I was, and then I cut him off pretty abruptly.”

She said the two fell out at an Islander’s birthday party after she decided to go to a different club.

“Hugo texted me, and I had no signal because the club was underground,” she said.

“When I got back to the hotel, I had been texting him. He called me a ‘basic b***h’ for going to this club. I didn’t know if it had that reputation, I didn’t pay a penny so I didn’t care, I had a great time.

“And then I Face-timed him because he seemed quite drunk and he made jokes about me getting spiked, and then his friend messaged me and said, ‘You’ve upset Hugo’ and I was like, ‘I don’t give a f**k if I’ve upset Hugo’.

“So I haven’t spoken to him since. He’s tried to message me and I don’t think he knows what he’s done.”

She then made the serious allegation that she had been touched inappropriately.

“There’s other stuff going on, like inappropriate touching, which he probably also doesn’t remember,” she alleged.

“So this is what I mean, nice guys aren’t always as nice.”

Hugo, 25, shared a statement on Twitter following Sharon’s claims.

He wrote: “I just wanted to have my say on the comments made by Sharon. Firstly, spiking is not a topic I use within my jokes nor do I find funny, it’s horrific to be honest. I wouldn’t joke about someone being spiked, it’s just not who I am, friend or not.

“The wild comment made about inappropriate touching is outrageous and simply false. To say something like this is seriously damaging and paints an unfair picture of me. You cannot just throw that sort of language around.


“I am very confused as to why she’s making these comments now. As she mentioned I’ve tried to contact (her) since so there’s been time to bring it up to be resolved. And I’m just pretty upset to be honest that she has taken to social media knowing full well what that can do!”

Hugo was the show’s first physically disabled contestant and a fan favourite, but failed to find love in the famous villa.

He entered a friendship couple with Sharon, before bombshell AJ swiped him in a recoupling resulting in Sharon being dumped from the show.

They had previously clashed in week 2 when Hugo said he wasn’t attracted to “fake girls” and the comment resulted in a screaming match.

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Sharon has revealed she was spiked in 2020.

She has been leading a campaign with Tory MP David Johnston to educate people on the dangers of spiking.

Hugo and Sharon were coupled up on last year's Love Island


Hugo and Sharon were coupled up on last year’s Love IslandCredit: Rex


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