Gymnast Beth Tweddle is suing Channel 4 over injuries she received on The Jump
The Olympian fractured her vertebrae while participating in The Jump in 2016
Channel 4 is being sued by former The Jump contestant Beth Tweddle after the gymnast fractured two vertebrae when colliding with a barrier on the show.
Tweddle appeared on the third series back in 2016 and joined the long list of its casualties from the show - actress Tina Hobley (dislocated elbow), and swimmer Rebecca Adlington, (dislocated shoulder) were also injured during the series.
"The effects of my accident still interrupt my daily life," Tweddle wrote in a statement confirming her court proceedings against the makers of the Channel 4 show.
"And aside from the severe physical injuries at the start, the hardest part of the recovery process has been the psychological element, dealing with and processing the whole accident and the aftermath of what happened.
“I just want to make sure that there is full accountability for people involved in creating shows like this and to help prevent others having to go through what I have for the past three years."
The gymnast, who featured for Great Britain in three Olympic games and won bronze in London 2012, underwent an operation after the incident where a portion of hip bone was removed and fused, along with two pins, to the damaged part of her neck.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is taking legal action against the makers of C4 show ‘the Jump’ after fracturing vertebrae in a crash in 2016.
Her lawyer says “The Jump have so far denied any liability for her injuries.”
Tweddle adds; “I’m not sure I’ll ever be 100% again.” pic.twitter.com/QQBRjzY703
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"Despite attempts to settle the legal case amicably, the defendants involved in making The Jump have so far denied any liability for her injuries and we have been left with no choice but to issue court proceedings as we seek to resolve the case," said her lawyer of the incident.
Many contestants have fallen foul of The Jump's dismal injury record. Four contestants withdrew due to knocks in the first series before seven dropped out during the 2016 edition. The following year saw three celebrities exit early including Sir Bradley Wiggins with a broken leg.
As things stand, there are no plans to bring the show back for a fifth series.