Love Island's Maura sparks 486 complaints to Ofcom after straddling Tommy Fury

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Love Island complaints about Maura’s pursuit of Tommy will not be investigated by Ofcom

Ofcom have announced it will not investigate complaints Love Island received about Maura Higgins’ pursuit of Tommy Fury.The media watchdog received more than 700 complaints about the episode, which saw Maura try to kiss Tommy.Ofcom said it had assessed the complaints about the episode which aired on June 14, but would not be investigating them further.An Ofcom spokeswoman said: "While we recognise that many viewers disapproved of a contestant's behaviour in this episode, we took into account the context in which it occurred, including the nature of Maura and Tommy's relationship, before and after."The regulator said that all complaints about the episode had been "assessed under generally accepted standards".Of the 726 complaints received, the "vast majority" - 709 - were from viewers who alleged Maura had "sexually harassed" Tommy by trying to kiss him on multiple occasions, Ofcom said.Viewers saw Irish grid girl Maura, who was then a newcomer to the villa on the ITV2 series, fix her sights on boxer Tommy, who had been coupled-up with Molly-Mae Hague.Tommy declined Maura's advances and is now happily coupled-up with Molly.Monday night's episode will see two couples dumped from the villa.

Nearly 500 people have complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom about Maura Higgins’ behaviour towards Tommy Fury as fans call for her to be removed from Love Island.

Viewers were left feeling uncomfortable on Friday night as the grid girl writhed around on top of the boxer while attempting to kiss him as he turned his head.

She kept trying to get him to ask her to sleep on the sofa with him but he shut down her advances and later got back into bed with Molly-Mae Hague who he is coupled up with.

Ofcom has received 486 complaints about her behaviour since Friday, with a spokesperson telling Standard Online: “We will assess these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

First date: Tommy Fury and Maura Higgins (ITV)

Maura was branded a “sexual predator” by viewers who accused show bosses of double standards after Sherif Lanre claimed he was removed for making an offensive joke after kicking Molly-Mae in the crotch during a play fight.

One user tweeted: “So was Sherif removed from #loveisland for ACCIDENTALLY kicking Molly-Mae in the foof or for using the C word? I don’t get it. Maybe follow your own rules #loveisland and remove Maura for being a complete sexual predator! If she was a bloke she’d be long gone! #doublestandards.”

Another wrote: “Maura should have been removed after what she did, if it was a lad who had done it to one of the lasses he'd have been removed straight away!”

A third posted: “Am I the only one that thinks Maura should ethier be removed from the villa or at least warned because she's coming on too strong and was acting predatory towards Tommy.”

She received a backlash on Sunday night’s show after suggestively sucking on an ice lolly as she walked past Tommy, who later opted to pick Molly-Mae over her in the recoupling.

Holly Willoughby was among those who criticised her actions, saying she went “too far”.

Love Island is on ITV2, tonight at 9pm