A victim who was sexually assaulted by a former Jeremy Kyle contestant has revealed that they suffered from PTSD anytime the show was aired.
The anonymous victim was one of four raped by Daniel Fuller, 38, who was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh in August of sex attacks in the Highlands, Dundee and West Lothian over a 13-year period, and of trying to rape a fifth woman.
The court heard that father-of-eight had appeared on the former daytime tabloid talk show five times, as he sought help for his sexual behaviour.
Now the victim has revealed that any time the 38-year-old appeared on the controversial show, they suffered “serious PTSD and mental health setbacks”.
They told STV News: “There were five Jeremy Kyle episodes and a true-life magazine article where he admits that women are his victims and that’s he’s bedded at least a hundred women.
“Every time those shows came out I suffered serious PTSD and mental health setbacks.
“I never felt comfortable coming forward, along with the other women.”
Fuller, formerly of Marchwood Avenue, Bathgate, in West Lothian, had denied a string of allegations during the trial but was found guilty of the five charges of rape, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault that he faced.
The victim has said that despite him being charged for five sexual assaults, the women affected “are not the only ones”.
They continued: “I know in my gut as a survivor that myself and the other three women are not the only ones, since me and before me.
“This kind of manipulative behaviour, it comes from practice and experience.
The victim told STV News that Fuller is well known across Scotland and England, even in Cyprus, where he was a member of many dating and swinging sites.
“Daniel had this way of making you feel pressured, ignoring when you said no and made it feel like an obligation to let him do what he wanted,” she said.
“He wore you down so in the end you just gave in and let it happen. He used his car, which he was always changing, as his way of reaching victims, and it could be that some women think that because he drove to them that maybe they won’t be believed.
“He forced almost all of us to disconnect from our family and friends, which gave us a feeling of no alternative.
“One question I kept getting asked was, ‘Why did you stay, why didn’t you go back to family?’
“It’s so hard for someone else to understand how under your skin he gets and how trapped you feel, whether it’s a one-off encounter or across a relationship.
“He’s very manipulative.”
Fuller maintained during his evidence that the victims were either lying or mistaken in their testimony.
Sentence was adjourned for the preparation of a background report and he was remanded in custody.