UK actor with wife & baby, Neil McDermott, 30, admits having sex w/ 16 year-old

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I don’t know who this actor is, but this is one of the worst celebrity cheating stories I’ve ever read, and you know it’s not the first time this guy has done it, it’s just the first time he’s been caught. Anyway a 30 year-old actor on the popular British soap opera EastEnders, Neil McDermott, has admitted cheating on his wife, who just gave birth to a baby girl less than two months ago, with a 16 year-old girl he met while he was on tour. This isn’t technically statutory rape in England, where the age of consent is 16. It’s still very, very skeevy, and the details from the girl make it sound like she was seduced.

Neil McDermott, who plays Ryan Malloy in the UK soap Eastenders, shown on UKTV in Australia, has left his family home carrying a bin liner of belongings.

The 30-year-old heartthrob had a night of sex with 16-year-old fashion student Chloe Peebles after making a personal appearance at a nightclub in Stockton, Cleveland, England, while his wife Michelle was at home with their newly-born daughter Arabella.

The star bought her alcopops in the VIP area before asking her back to his budget motel room, where they shared a passionate romp.

Peebles told The Sun newspaper in the UK: “I’ve always thought Neil was gorgeous. When he came on stage, girls kept asking, ‘Why does Neil keep looking at you?’

“I hadn’t even noticed, but later I bumped into him and he said, ‘Oh, it’s you, from the front of the stage – come and have a picture’.”

McDermott told the teenager he was staying in a motel and invited her to join him for drinks.

“He said we couldn’t go together in case we got photographed, so I left after him in a cab. When I got to the hotel, he met me and whispered, ‘Pretend you’re my cousin’,” the teenager said.

“I said, ‘OK, I’ve only come for a quick drink’. But I could tell he had other things on his mind.”

The youngster, who admitted she was “quite drunk”, told how McDermott eventually led her to his room.

“We chatted a bit about the club, but he didn’t mention his family. Then he said, ‘I’m going to bed – are you coming?’ He started taking his clothes off. His body was amazing. I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, oh my god’.

“We got into bed and he leant over and kissed me really passionately. We just couldn’t stop from there.

“Afterwards we fell asleep, and Neil held me the whole time. I felt safe. He wrapped his arms round me and we slept face-to-face, inches from each other.”

In a statement to the Daily Mirror in the UK, McDermott said:

“I am so sorry: To my wife, ­daughter and our family for this ­betrayal. I love my wife and family dearly and I’m distraught that my life is now in tatters due to a stupid ­mistake.

“I’ve caused heartache to those I love most which I deeply regret. This was a one-off incident but I’ve let myself down as well as my wife and everyone who knows me. Now I just need privacy and time to do all I can to rebuild my family.”

[From News.com.au via Fark]

A “one-off incident” I’m so sure. This dude is sorry he got caught, and this is probably his M.O. He picks out the youngest and most impressionable girls out of the audience every time he makes an appearance, gets them drunk and tries to convince them to come back to his hotel room. Just as it’s legal to have sex at 16 in England, it’s legal to drink wine and beer at that age. It’s a shame he wasn’t in a country where this would be statutory rape.

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  1. buell says:

    This is wrong on so many levels. He is a scumbag!

  2. Tabby says:

    Just to say the legal drinking age in England is 18. He’s still a douche.

  3. brin says:

    His smile is repulsive….what a creep.

  4. NayNay says:

    Isn’t this considered rape, because of her age? I believe it is.

  5. Rita says:

    They took their clothes off, got into bed naked and began slobbering kisses. Then they just couldn’t stop. No Sh!t but at least she felt safe in the arms of a pedo. Groupie vadge.

  6. guesty says:

    Her statements don’t sound accusatory or remorseful to me.

  7. motheroftheyear says:

    His teeth are yellow. Like, reeeeally yellow.

  8. Delaney says:

    If my man did this to me I’d make him an eunuch. Then he could only date men.Ass****

  9. coexxi says:

    I don’t want to defend this guy, I don’t watch EastEnders and don’t know him. But I think it is quite bull…t to call sex “statutory rape” just because a stupid girl goes to a hotel room and has consensual sex. Most 16 year old girls who are at clubs at night have heard of the concept of “sex” and about 60 % of them already had some. And going with a guy willingly and WANTING it to make it a rape case is just so out of line.
    Obviously he is a scumbag for some reasons but rape is a far cry from this groupie-sex even if she is only 16.

  10. MeMyself says:

    I do believe you must be 18 to drink here in England.

  11. @Tabby Not as such. The article’s correct.

    Children over 5-years-old can drink in their own home here (the UK), I’m not kidding. Moreover, from Wikipedia, ‘While the minimum age for the purchase of alcohol is 18, people aged 16 or 17 may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises (pubs/bars/restaurants) with a table meal.’

  12. beth says:

    “I am so sorry: To my wife, daughter and our family for this betrayal. I love my wife and family dearly and I’m distraught that my life is now in tatters due to a stupid mistake.

    “I’ve caused heartache to those I love most which I deeply regret. This was a one-off incident but I’ve let myself down as well as my wife and everyone who knows me. Now I just need privacy and time to do all I can to rebuild my family.”

    haha, he regrets none of this – this is just to get his wife back, so she’ll continue to take care of his kids, cook his meals, clean his home and laundry, provide him unlimited amounts of sex, companionship and comfort – in short, free him of so many of life’s inconveniences husbands take for granted. he’ll do it again for sure -

  13. @NayNay No, not in the UK, you only need to be 16 here.

  14. soompi_er says:

    The 16-year-old is okay looking, so, I don’t know why he would cheat on his beautiful wife. Is it the idea of being with somebody very young? Ugh. And that tween doesn’t sound like she regrets having slept with the yellow-teethed scumbag. Sounds like she’s enjoying the attention.

  15. michkabibbles says:

    i completely agree with coexxi-he’s gross for picking such a young girl who’d be more impressed with his celeb status, but she’s 16, not 10 and had the right to say no and walk away at any time. it sounds like she knew he had a family and was fully aware of what was going on.
    doesn’t make what he did right, but i agree that just wishing it were rape is a bit much.

  16. Lucy says:

    In UK you can drink wine, beer or cider with a meal if accompanied by an adult, to purchase alcohol you have to be 18.

    Either way he’s a pig.

  17. Marjalane says:

    I’m with #11. This guy is definitly a douche, but I spend most of my week with a variety of 15-17 year old girls and sadly I don’t doubt for an instance that the majority of them would do the same. Sometimes I just have to walk out of the room with my mouth hanging open at some of the stuff they “share”. (and a good many of them that ARE 16, look like a hard 25! Did this girl tell him her age?)

  18. ordinarygirl86 says:

    He needs to GO TO JAIL! Do not pass go and do not collect $200 asshole

    He is a child predator plainly put and this is just his first time getting caught! Does anybody actually think that he didn’t ever sleep with a younger child just because this one was at ‘the age of consent’? Ugh

  19. Saskia says:

    Wow, that was a really detailed statement that girl gave to the press. Like, REALLY detailed. What normal 16-year-old girl is this publicly open about her sex life? She sounds like a total famewhore. And also a regular-style whore.

    Don’t get me wrong, the dude’s a total skeezeball, but this girl sounds like no kind of prize, either.

  20. carrie says:

    he’s a real HUGE DOUCHE!

  21. fancyamazon says:

    The adultery is the story here. She was 16 and knew exactly what she was doing. Not rape, nor should it be.

  22. My Darling Pinkett says:

    What a disgusting douche. I hope his wife left him. She deserves better than that, and yeah, he has totally done this before. It’s so obvious. What a sleaze. I feel bad for his wife and daughter.

    @Saskia You’re right. I mean how stupid is that girl? I don’t care if she’s young, she should have known better. She just wanted to screw a famous guy. I think she is a famewhore. Otherwise she’d be too embarrassed to give all of those sexual details and her name. Everyone knows now! She definitely knew what she was doing. I would hardly call her impressionable. Ugh.

  23. Chilimix says:

    So puky to cheat on his wife. And just puky how many h*es are out there. Being a h*e seems to be highly fashionable these days for young women.

  24. Anon73 says:

    @Celebitchy : agree this is likely not a “one-off incident”. i feel sorry for the girl being used. and also feel for his poor wife and kid.

  25. lilibet1 says:

    Not defending him in the slightest but if you’re at a nightclub would it be wrong to assume that the women in there are 18yrs plus? (legal age for entry into most UK clubs). I doubt he would ask her age, would you ask someone that you were chatting up how old they were? It wouldn’t be part of my conversation and in my opionion she didn’t look 16yrs (see pic. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1361711/Neil-McDermott-affair-EastEnders-actor-leaves-marital-home-wedding-ring.html)

    Ignoring the age issue he is still a git, he had a wife (who he has been with since they were teenagers) and baby daughter at home…enough said.

  26. the original bellaluna says:

    I generally have opinions about this sort of thing (ha-ha! don’t you know it!) but this is just so EWW that I don’t know what to say. And not just EWW on him, EWW on the 16 year old too.

  27. margaritachum says:

    @ coexxi and @ michkabibbles
    you took the words out of my mouth.

    most 16 years old girls are so sexually active and are willing to try and do whatever they want to that or it’s cool (on their mind) to do it’s insane. and most don’t even use protection cause “it only happens to other people.”
    and that sexual behaviour and way of thinking is clearly seen at pubs and music shows. some girls want a piece of “celebrity” and do whatever it takes.

    but he’s still a pig and a douche in my book.

  28. Ruby Red Lips says:

    @ordinarygirl86 – his behaviour is completely unacceptable, not mainly because of his wife and a few months old baby, however, he has said he didn’t know her age and to be fair he prob didn’t realise she was 16.

    He def should not be going to jail, his wife throwing him out is enough punishment.

    Not to defend him but the girl knew exactly who he was and chose to go with him, she knew exactlywhat would happen, and I agree with the other posters who say this girl wouldn’t be selling her story or giving details to a paper – she is prob after her 15 mins of fame

    Saying all of that, the guy is disgusting for doing this anyhows, and even if she had been a couple of years older it wouldn’t have been any more acceptable

    Btw is the age of consent in the US 18?

  29. TQB says:

    @CB, “seduction” isn’t illegal or wrong, coercion and force are. It certainly doesn’t sound like this girl feels taken advantage of, by the speed with which she reported (and remembered!) every last detail to the press, probably for a nice fee.

  30. horizonte says:

    oh no!!! i’m a huge eastenders fan and i love his character, ryan. he seemed like such a nice guy! oh well.

  31. l says:

    @ coexxi co-sign everything you said 100%

  32. Celebitchy says:

    I’m sorry for making it sound like I thought this was rape. In the US in many states, it would be “statutory rape” because she’s under 18. That just means that one participant is underage and therefore unwilling to give consent. I didn’t mean to personally say I think rape was the case in this instance, if that makes sense, just that it would constitute statutory rape under US law in many states and would be illegal. I don’t think he forced himself on this girl.

  33. Missfit says:

    I think the reason she might not look 16, because she’s probably been drinking at such an early age…that all that drinking ages you quickly. That’s why alcoholics look like crap and older than their actual age. I don’t even know who this guy is. Regardless if the girl is 16 or not…just the fact that he cheated on his wife a few weeks after the baby is bad enough, he has no respect or morals. And it only makes it worse that she IS 16. Stupid little whore. A whore 16 year old isn’t an innocent little flower. And with guys that dumb that always think with their d*cks first are just pathetic. It takes two, they are both pathetic.

  34. Ann says:

    Hope wifey doesn’t want to “work things out”. Get rid of the loser!

  35. Matt says:

    Please don’t talk about rape people. This is not rape. The legal age of consent in the UK is 16.

  36. Bodhi says:

    @ Ruby Red Lips – The age of consent varies from state to state

  37. Megan says:

    “I’m sorry for making it sound like I thought this was rape. In the US in many states, it would be “statutory rape” because she’s under 18. That just means that one participant is underage and therefore unwilling to give consent. I didn’t mean to personally say I think rape was the case in this instance, if that makes sense, just that it would constitute statutory rape under US law in many states and would be illegal. I don’t think he forced himself on this girl.”

    CB not being funny but, if I said the same thing about a rape that happened in the US and said ‘well it wouldn’t be rape in the UK’ it would be a pretty stupid thing to say. The law of the country that it happened in applies, no point comparing it to US law really, because it’s irrelevant.

  38. dread pirate cuervo says:

    WTF is an alcopop? Is that like a jello shot or a testtube shot?

  39. Just U says:

    Dread Pirate Cuervo an alcopop is a mix of vodka or rum with fruit juice. They are usually stupidly bright colours, like blue or pink, they are very very sweet. They are designed for young drinkers because they taste like Kool-aid.
    This guy is a d*ckhead. I don’t like cheaters at all and I hope he gets everything that’s coming to him, BUT… girls like her are 10 a penny. They see people like Kim Kardashian making a career out of sex tapes. They see Tiger Woods mistresses getting all kinds of press and figure they’ll get some of that money too.
    There is a huge market for Kiss-and-tell stories in England. It doesn’t matter how minor the celebrity.
    This guy was making a personal appearance at a club, that’s why these little skanks turn up.
    What is disturbing is that the girls turning in these “stories” are getting younger and younger.
    He is a d*ckhead though. Why marry the woman and have a baby with her if your screwing around???

  40. Aries_Mira says:

    I hope his wife divorces him and takes him for all he’s worth. I would NEVER forgive my husband if he did that me.

    p.s. And the whole “I was so drunk” thing? What a f***in’ cop-out by the 16-year old slut.

  41. original kate says:

    he is pretty skeevy to be cheating on his wife who just gave birth to hius child, but what really freaks me out is his wife could be my twin. seriously. she looks more like me than my sisters!

  42. hatsumomo says:

    You guys need to know, the UK is NOT an extension of the US. They have their own laws that are very different than ours. I keep reading what this dude did was illegal by the posters, NOT ITS NOT. Skeevy yes, illegal no.

    And I thought it was well known by now most Brit men have dingy teeth. They just dont care about commercial whitening.

  43. aenflex says:

    what a bitch. sick. and sorry. small penis, i am thinking, and perhaps a napoleon complex? he looks short.

  44. beanie says:

    Scumbag..his wife should leave his ass.

  45. DiannSteph says:

    Quote: “he is pretty skeevy to be cheating on his wife who just gave birth to hius child”

    Another Eddie Cibrian! He cheated on his wife while she was pregnant with their 2nd child.

    Leann Rimes thinks he’s madly in love with her, she cured him of cheating! ha.

    THIS guy with the 16 yr old is totally skeevy too.
    And his teeth are just……gross. Instead of having hotel trysts with young women he should be applying some Crest White strips to those teef.

  46. Snarky_Pup says:

    Ew. I can’t stop picturing those yellow teeth in his “budget” motel room.

  47. orion70 says:

    Wow. She might be a stupid “loose” teenager, but he is still the adult here. No justifications. Dancing around the legal age of consent is disgusting imho.

  48. mike says:

    He sounds like a total douche (and amen to plz!!! homie’s done this before, A LOT). That said, he prolly thinks this is one of the perks of being “famous.”

    About his teech, though, really, the dude stars in a soap. A UK soap. I prolly make more money than him (he, for u grammar nazis). Teeth whitening is prolly too expensive for him!

  49. mike says:

    On UK and underage sex,

    I think it’s considered ok there, at least to this USAsian who gets their info on the UK from movies.

    Remember Keira’s two breakout movies, Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually? In Bend It, not only was she underaged in real life, but played a high schooler who was jonsing for her much older coach. And it wasn’t considered wrong. (The coach didn’t want Keira, but he was ok with hooking up with her team mate and no one seemed to mind about it. I heard of no stories of outraged UK parents protesting about the jailbait relationships in the movie…

    And in Love Actually, she married a much older man, just looking at them visually, even if we weren’t told of her age.

  50. Hakura says:

    @Soompi_er“… I don’t know why he would cheat on his beautiful wife. Is it the idea of being with somebody very young?

    I don’t think sex in these scenarios is ever just about being attracted to someone. It could be an ego boost, or a power trip (as he was obviously completely in control of everything that happened.) But it could also be something like John Mayer (who also goes for barely legal girls consistantly) in that he lacks self esteem in his sexual prowess, & a younger girl is likely less experienced than someone closer to his own age. They can’t know the sex sucks if they don’t have much to compare it to.
    ——–
    I agree, this was NOT rape in any way.

  51. Hakura says:

    Anon73” i feel sorry for the girl being used.”

    I really feel this was ‘equal opportunity’ using. She was more than happy to spill the beans in detail afterwards. She knew exactly what she was going to his motel room for, & she made it clear that he didn’t force himself on her. He’s a sleaze & she’s… stupid (I stop short of calling her a ‘whore’ or ‘slut’, but that’s probably the case).

    @Hatsumomo“You guys need to know, the UK is NOT an extension of the US. They have their own laws that are very different than ours.”

    I don’t think anyone here is under the impression that the UK is an ‘extension of the US‘. Most Americans aren’t aware of the differences in the laws in other countries (as they’re not exposed to them), so could only apply what they knew to be illegal ‘here’ to the situation.

    I may have taken your comment the wrong way (& if so, I apologize), but it came across pretty condescending, which wasn’t necessary.

  52. Isa says:

    The article clearly states that the laws in the UK are different and that this isn’t statutory rape.
    Even in the United States the laws differ from state to state. It’s quite ridiculous.
    I started dating my husband when I was the “legal age of consent” in my state. So you mean to tell me that if we met a few months earlier he could go to jail? Be labeled a sex offender? I knew what I was doing and just like so many other girls.
    From the girl’s statement it’s obvious that the sex was consensual. I disagree about it being a shame that he wasn’t in a country where he could be prosecuted. Cheating on his wife and breaking up his family is horrible, but he doesn’t deserve to go to jail.

  53. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    This is very skeezy, but he’s NOT a pedo. Pedophiles are not attracted to sexually mature people. They are mentally ill people who are attracted to prepubescent children. They are the scum of the earth and should be put down like rabid dogs. This guy is just a sleeze. But most men find sixteen year old girls attractive. They aren’t going to do anything with them, but they certainly look.

  54. Raz says:

    The only way that a 16-year-old can drink alcohol is sitting down to a meal with adults. They can’t just buy drinks at a bar. The age to buy alcohol is 18.

    True, the age of consent is 16.

    And how the hell are people commenting on his TEETH? Like, they’re fine. You don’t need teeth the colour of snow, watch Colin Firth. Just don’t be scammin’ on 16 year olds.

  55. trollydolly says:

    @ 60 Raz,
    Yeah, oddly enough here in Europe we like teeth to look human – not garishly blindingly white identikit tombstones that so many Americans sport.

  56. SHump says:

    “I’m sorry for making it sound like I thought this was rape. In the US in many states, it would be “statutory rape” because she’s under 18. That just means that one participant is underage and therefore unwilling to give consent. I didn’t mean to personally say I think rape was the case in this instance, if that makes sense, just that it would constitute statutory rape under US law in many states and would be illegal. I don’t think he forced himself on this girl.”

    CB, I think you meant “unable” not “unwilling” to give consent.

    @ orion70 There was no “dancing around the age of consent” It is perfectly legal to sleep with a 16 year old in the UK. This is also the age they leave school and get full time jobs, unless they go on to college or uni. It’s a completely different culture, you cannot judge it by US standards. Americans should read this story with the same level of disgust they would if he were an american actor who’d cheated on his wife who’d just had his baby with an 18 year old. It’s gross and skeezy and morally reprehensible, but it’s not illegal, nor is he a pedo for doing it.

  57. Jazz says:

    Never heard of this guy but I hope his wife leaves his pathetic ass!

  58. eternalcanadian says:

    Someone explain to me why a 30-year old guy shags a 16-year old gal instead of one that is say, the same age or even 22? What’s so special about being 16? If I was 16 and a 30-year old guy wanted to shag me I would have run away screaming “old man pervert!”

  59. Vickyb says:

    I’m not defending him at all but, knowing the kind of clubs were these soap stars making appearances, she will have been dressed up, pretending to be over 18 (to be in the club at all – nightclubs are over 18s) and she’s already said she was drunk. I doubt she looked her age (sadly, teenagers don’t over here now [and I'm not oooold, I'm only 28!]) and she willingly went back to his hotel room. Whilst I think he holds all the responsibility for this (whilst of age, she’s still a kid and she was drunk and impressionable) I also don’t think this story is quite fair – he didn’t know she was 16 and it’s definitely not one of the worst celebrity cheating stories I’ve heard.

    Also, there are plenty of countries where 16 is the age of consent (and some states of the USA) and therefore not statutory rape. Also, it is only legal to drink when having a meal, with a person over the age of 18. Unless she was sitting down for a couple of courses in this club, with an adult, she shouldn’t have been drinking. And I doubt a nightclub that has personal appearances from an soap actor is known for it’s fine cuisine.

  60. Vickyb says:

    @ SHump – I wish I’d seen your comment, I wouldn’t have felt the need to write such an essay!! :)

  61. Hammer says:

    Who cares about the unfairness of this story or the comments about whether or not he’s a verifiable pedo? If he’s in England and it’s legal, whatever.

    THE GUY CHEATED ON HIS WIFE AND CHILD WITH A GIRL WHO’S JUST BARELY OF AGE!! That’s the issue. Scumbag, low-life, selfish douche pig!!!! There. That’s what it’s about. Who cares about the girl, if it’s legal in UK, then they consider her old enough to know better, too.

  62. Larissa says:

    My husband cheated on me for my last 3 months of pregnancy..I´ve found out the day after my son turned 1 month old. Words just cannot describe the feeling…

  63. randomlittlelady says:

    Maybe he only did it to borrow her toothbrush?
    he he cornteeth

  64. fwozbo says:

    Larissa, I am so sorry. I hope you find a better man for you and your child.

  65. Brenda :) says:

    Every1 is title to their own opin, just cos the girl 16 and had sex doesnt mean she a whore come on people she only 16 was drunk and there was a gawjus celb with a fit body who would’nt.. Im 16 and saw him out id havta but if i knew he had wife wouldn’t touch him ,the girl didnt know he had a wife and child i am big fan of Eastenders and didnt know he had a family.