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Lottie Lion's family fears for her 'sanity': Apprentice star's mother accuses BBC of failing to check on her 19-year-old daughter's welfare after 'Shut up Gandhi' racism row triggered a torrent of abuse Lottie Lion, aged 19, is one of the youngest ever candidates on The Apprentice Miss Lion was criticised after telling contestant 'Shut up Gandhi' on WhatsApp   But she is said to have called her mother 'in floods of tears on several occasions' Her mother 'told friends of her fears for daughter’s state of mind' during filming

By Simon for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:04 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 02:54 GMT, 9 November 2019

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Controversial teenager Lottie Lion may be the star of The Apprentice, but friends have raised fears about the show’s impact on her wellbeing after she was accused of racism

Controversial teenager Lottie Lion may be the star of The Apprentice, but friends have raised fears about the show’s impact on her wellbeing after she was accused of racism

Controversial teenager Lottie Lion may be the star of The Apprentice, but friends have raised fears about the show’s impact on her wellbeing after she was accused of racism.

They also question what TV bosses have done to protect the 19-year-old, who is one of the show’s youngest ever candidates.

Miss Lion denies accusations of racism, bullying and homophobia. But she came in for criticism after telling fellow contestant Lubna Farhan, 33, to ‘Shut up Gandhi’ and warning ‘I’ll f*** you up’ in a WhatsApp group conversation.

Miss Lion said Miss Farhan had misquoted Gandhi and made a cruel comment about a friend who had died.

The BBC said of the spat: ‘Her comments were wholly unacceptable.’

Contestants also claimed that Miss Lion said the part of Somerset she grew up in had a low crime rate ‘because not many black people live there’.

However, her mother has told friends of her fears for her daughter’s state of mind in the six weeks she spent in the candidates’ house during filming.

Her concerns come in the wake of a debate about reality TV shows’ duty of care following tragedies linked to The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island.

Miss Lion’s mother, Stephanie Blackmore, a former diplomat, told one confidante: ‘It was awful. Charlotte was on the phone in floods of tears on several occasions.

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