TV presenter Richard Madeley has warned Twitter trolls that ‘prosecution awaits’ for making rape threats against his daughter, Chloe, after she stepped in to defend her mother’s controversial comments about rapist Ched Evans.

Judy Finnigan this week inflamed a debate about whether Evans should return to his footballing career by claiming his crime was ‘non violent’ and did not cause ‘bodily harm’ during a panel discussion on ITV’s Loose Women.

Chloe Madeley

Chloe Madeley was threatened on Twitter (PA)

Her comments caused a wave of criticism and also sparked threats against her daughter, fitness instructor Chloe, wishing rape on her.

Richard tweeted:


Scotland Yard said they were not aware of any complaints made to police.

Chloe had tweeted:


Judy apologised after Loose Women, in which she also said the Sheffield United striker’s 19-year-old victim had ‘far too much to drink’ prior to the ‘unpleasant’ attack in a hotel room.

Judy, who was making her Loose Women debut, said: “I apologise unreservedly for any offence that I may have caused as a result of the wording I used.

“I absolutely wasn’t suggesting that rape was anything other than an horrendous crime and, as I said on the programme, I was in no way attempting to minimise the terrible ordeal that any woman suffers as a result.

Richard and Judy

Judy Finnigan sparked controversy on Loose Women (PA)

“The point I was attempting to raise as part of the debate was what should happen to someone after they have committed a crime and served their time?”

Among those who criticised the TV presenter over her comments was Northumbria police and crime commissioner Vera Baird.

“No bodily injury has little relevance, it doesn’t have to do physical damage to be rape and it is the essence of violence to force himself upon her,” she said.

Richard Madeley and daughter Chloe

Richard Madeley stepped in to defend his daughter (PA)

Regarding the victim being drunk, she added: “What has this got to do with this if he forced himself upon her?

“If you get drunk and someone steals your wallet, does this mean it’s any less of a theft than if you were sober?

“He has to work somewhere but it probably shouldn’t be in such a public role since it looks like he’s being given a platform for approval.”

Evans is expected to be released from prison this week.