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Actress Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador

IANS  |  London 

has stepped down as one of Oxfam's following revelations of sexual abuse by aid workers in

is the first celebrity to abandon the charity amid the growing scandal, which includes allegations that staff used sex workers in Chad, the said.

"I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against International. In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organisation 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 said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or anyone else from working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the that needs our help."

Juan Alberto Fuentes, of the charity was arrested in on Tuesday. He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal, the reported.

Former also resigned on Monday as the scandal continued to grow.

Oxfam's leaders are accused of trying to cover up the behaviour of some of its senior staff members deployed to after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Aid workers, including the country director at the time, Roland van Hauwermeiren, were accused of turning a villa rented by the organisation into a makeshift brothel, with prostitutes wearing only Oxfam T-shirts.

Oxfam has apologised for the behaviour of aid workers, but denies a coverup, the said.

said the charity is not where it needs to be. But she said it's "much better" than it was in 2011 and it will continue to rebuild.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 09:00 IST