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Shocking reason why Channel Nine was forced to edit Ninja Warrior Australia vs The World

Viewers were left confused after Channel Nine issued a graphic caution advising that Ninja Warrior Australia v The World had been edited on Tuesday night.

A Nine spokesperson revealed in a statement: ‘Due to legal proceedings currently involving one of the members of Team USA, Channel Nine has made the decision not to show his run in tonight’s episode of Ninja Warrior Australia v The World.’

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The legal proceedings pertain to American Ninja Warrior winner, Andrew ‘Drew’ Drechsel, following his arrest on a series of child sex crime charges, including luring an underage girl for sex and manufacturing child pornography. 

Edited show: Viewers were left confused after Channel Nine issued a graphic caution advising that Ninja Warrior Australia v The World had been edited on Tuesday night [Pictured hosts Rebecca Maddern and Ben Fordham]

Nine was forced to edit the special Ninja Warrior episode following Drew’s arrest on child-sex related charges earlier this month.

The US broadcaster of Ninja Warrior, NBC, has also decided to remove any scenes featuring Drew from an episode set to air on September 7.

The network expressed shock at the allegations surrounding the Floridian, saying in a statement: ‘We are shocked and disturbed to learn about the charges alleged against Drew Drechsel.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ is a family show that has inspired countless people, and we will not let the actions of one contestant tarnish the hard work and amazing stories of so many.

‘Moving forward, the American Ninja Warrior brand will sever all ties with Mr Drechsel, including his appearance on future seasons of the show.’

A Nine spokesperson revealed in a statement: 'Due to legal proceedings currently involving one of the members of Team USA, Channel Nine has made the decision not to show his run in tonight's episode of Ninja Warrior Australia v The World'

A Nine spokesperson revealed in a statement: ‘Due to legal proceedings currently involving one of the members of Team USA, Channel Nine has made the decision not to show his run in tonight’s episode of Ninja Warrior Australia v The World’

Allegations: The legal proceedings pertain to American Ninja Warrior winner, Andrew 'Drew' Drechsel [pictured], following his arrest on a series of child sex crime charges, including luring an underage girl for sex and manufacturing child pornography

Allegations: The legal proceedings pertain to American Ninja Warrior winner, Andrew ‘Drew’ Drechsel [pictured], following his arrest on a series of child sex crime charges, including luring an underage girl for sex and manufacturing child pornography

Drew, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida, on 5 August, the US Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey announced.

He apparently met the alleged victim in 2015, when he was 26, at an American Ninja Warrior contestant event, where they exchanged numbers.

Drechsel is said to have arranged for the girl to visit his gym, the Real Life Ninja Academy, in Hamden, Connecticut in July 2015 as a present for her 15th birthday. 

'We are shocked': The US broadcaster of Ninja Warrior, NBC, has also decided to remove any scenes featuring Drew [pictured] from an episode set to air on September 7

‘We are shocked’: The US broadcaster of Ninja Warrior, NBC, has also decided to remove any scenes featuring Drew [pictured] from an episode set to air on September 7

The pair exchanged text messages about ‘plans for sexual activity’ in the lead up to her visit, legal documents obtained by DailyMail.com detail.

During her visit to the gym, Drechsel and the girl reportedly became intimate inside his office after his girlfriend, April Beckner, left the premises.

The girl claimed that they had sex several more times between the time she was 15 and 17 years old, according to the complaint.

Legal proceedings: Drew, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida, on 5 August, the US Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey announced

Legal proceedings: Drew, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida, on 5 August, the US Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey announced

Drechsel’s lawyer, Frank Riccio, has said that his client plans to plead not guilty to all charges.

‘Mr. Drechsel is presumed innocent of the charges, and that presumption will remain throughout the pendency of his case,’ Riccio tweeted. ‘He intends on entering a “not guilty” plea. It is respectfully requested that you respect the privacy of Mr. Drechsel and his family.’

Drechsel and girlfriend April Beckner welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in December last year.

Personal life: Drechsel and girlfriend April Beckner welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in December last year

Personal life: Drechsel and girlfriend April Beckner welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in December last year

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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