BBC sparks fury after ‘paying Katie Price for documentary’ after she avoids jail

The BBC is facing a backlash from viewers after it allegedly paid Katie Price for a new show.

The model swerved jail for a booze and cocaine-fuelled car smash last September.

But the documentary Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next airs on Monday March 7 at 9pm.

One viewer raged: “Caught drink driving numerous times. Avoided jail and luckily didn’t kill anyone. Accepted back into society!”

Even BBC staff are angry. A source said: “The commissioning of this show has gone down like a lead balloon. Staff can’t believe Katie is being paid and given airtime after she could have killed someone.”

Mum-of-five Katie, 43, is seen at the Priory rehab clinic, where she was treated instead of being jailed.

It will also feature disabled son Harvey, 19, moving to National Star College in Cheltenham – a specialist ­facility designed to cope with his multiple medical needs, including autism.

A BBC spokesman said: “This film is very much focused on Harvey. It does address Katie Price’s arrest, after her car accident, in the context of how Harvey’s life would be impacted if something had happened to his mum.”

A teaser for the show has shown Harvey struggling to adjust with his new surroundings as he faces an emotional goodbye with his mum Katie, leading to an outburst in the Cheltenham school.

Mirror reports that an upset Harvey lashes out in the school shop, bashing his head against the wall before falling to the floor and crying.

Harvey's carers soon manage to calm him down by telling him to "use his words" and to take deep breaths, with the team telling Harvey that leaving his dorm room is important so he can move forward in life.

But the 19-year-old struggles to cope as he begins to smash up a bathroom door before eventually calming back down.

Harvey then gets back to work as he decorates a wall with stars as a carer tells the camera: "Sometimes, Harvey does need to break something."

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