The publishers behind the Sun and MailOnline are looking into allegations that Dan Wootton inappropriately offered colleagues tens of thousands of pounds in return for sexual material.

Last week, Wootton’s ex-boyfriend made the allegation that Wootton, who is now a broadcaster on GB News, used the alias “Martin Branning” and paid people a lot of money to record themselves engaging in sex activities.

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When Alex Truby gained access to Wootton’s hard drive in 2013, he allegedly found emails referencing the pseudonym.

The Sun, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, was Wootton’s employer at the time of many of the allegations. The organisation, according to The Guardian, has no history of internal complaints regarding a Martin Branning, but it is inviting anyone with new allegations to contact the business.

“We are looking into the allegations made in recent days,” a News UK representative stated. At this point, we are unable to speak further.

Currently, Wootton contributes a regular piece to MailOnline. The site’s parent company, DMG Media, issued the following statement through a spokesperson: “We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them.”

People, generally with connections to the Sun, claimed that Branning offered them tens of thousands of pounds in exchange for engaging in sexual acts on camera. The communications seemed to be customized and were sent to specific people, typically straight men, including News UK workers.

Wootton, a 40-year-old former showbiz reporter for the News of the World, has extensively profiled celebrities’ private lives. After the phone-hacking scandal, he relocated to the Sun and wrote extensively about famous people, notably Caroline Flack. He was involved in the story that led to ITV broadcaster Phillip Schofield publicly coming out as homosexual and he broke the news that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was relocating to the US.

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In 2021 he moved to GB News, where he hosts a nightly show and has developed a persona as a rightwing presenter criticising “woke” issues.

In 2022, Andrew Brady, the former fiancee of Flack, was sent to jail after pleading guilty to harassment of Wootton, after publicly making a number of allegations about the presenter.

Wootton was off the air last week while visiting his family in New Zealand. He returned to the UK at the weekend and started his Monday night GB News show with an apparent allusion to widely shared social media allegations about his behavior.