BREAKING NEWS: Actress Minnie Driver becomes first celebrity ambassador to quit Oxfam in the wake of the sex …

Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam global ambassador citing the ‘abhorrent mistakes’ in relation to the sex scandal.

The 48-year-old actress, who was one of the charity’s 16 ambassadors, said she was ‘in no uncertain terms’ withdrawing her support.

The British star has worked with Oxfam for 20 years, donating a £72,000 lunch date to its 2008 Ebay auction.

‘I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International,’ the Good Will Hunting actress said in a statement, according to the Telegraph.

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Minnie Driver has quit her role as celebrity ambassador for Oxfam in protest at the charity’s sex scandal

‘In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organization or its leaders. 

‘And though it is unfortunate that after 20 years I am no longer able to advocate and defend through this specific framework, social and economic injustice is more globally prevalent than ever.’ 

She added that she won’t let the ‘abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization’ stop her or anyone else from ‘working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help.’

Oxfam’s list of celebrity global ambassadors include Helen Mirren, Coldplay, Desmond Tutu and Bill Nighy.

The deputy head of the charity resigned on Monday, saying Oxfam had failed to adequately respond to past allegations of sexual misconduct by some staff in Chad and Haiti. 

The British star has worked with Oxfam for 20 years, donating a £72,000 lunch date to its 2008 Ebay auction

A regional Oxfam director and aid workers are alleged to have exploited locals for sex at a luxury apartment block (pictured) in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake

On Friday, the Times reported that some staff who were in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there had paid for sex with prostitutes. 

Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied that specific account but has said an internal investigation in 2011 had confirmed sexual misconduct had occurred.

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise said ‘what transpired is a violation of basic human decency’ and he would not tolerate support from charities whose staff exploited communities.

‘There is nothing more shameful than a sexual predator using the veil of catastrophe as a means to exploit the vulnerable in their most defenceless moments,’ he said in a statement.

Four members of Oxfam staff were dismissed and three, including the country director – Roland van Hauwermeiren (pictured) – resigned before the end of the 2011 investigation

Haiti’s minister of planning and external cooperation summoned Oxfam representatives to a meeting on Thursday.

‘These would be both serious sexual crimes and a crime against development in light of the potential diversion of external assistance for the purpose of illegal criminal activities,’ the minister, Aviol Fleurant, said.

Prostitution is a crime in Haiti, but it was not entirely clear what other crimes the Oxfam officials may have committed.

Oxfam officials in Haiti were not immediately available for comment during the country´s carnival holiday. 

Aid minister Penny Mordaunt has threatened to withdraw government funding from Oxfam unless it gave the full facts about events in Haiti. She has written to all British charities working overseas to demand that ‘they step up and do more, so that we have absolute assurance that the moral leadership, the systems, the culture and the transparency that are needed’.

Britain’s Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into whether Oxfam disclosed details about the allegations at the time in 2011 and its handling of the incidents since. 

On Tuesday, Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about ‘a culture of sexual abuse’ involving aid workers had not been taken seriously by the charity’s bosses. 

Helen Evans (pictured), Oxfam’s former global head of safeguarding, said she begged senior staff, ministers and the regulator to act on allegations of sexual abuse allegations

Helen Evans, Oxfam’s former global head of safeguarding, told Channel 4 News that she begged senior staff, ministers and the regulator to act on allegations of sexual abuse allegations.

She also detailed three new allegations made against Oxfam staff overseas in a single day. 

Ms Evans, who was in charge of investigating allegations against Oxfam staff members between 2012 and 2015, said abuse cases she had heard of included a woman who had been coerced into having sex in exchange for aid. 

Another involved an assault on a teenage volunteer by a staff member in an Oxfam charity shop in Britain, she said.

‘There was one of a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced in exchange for aid and another one where it had come to our attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn’t disclosed that, and we were then concerned about what he might be doing, and that was three allegations in one day,’ she said.

Now, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has told Channel 4 News that they are ‘reviewing our association’ with Oxfam in light of the concerns about the safety of children volunteering in charity shops. 

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