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Big Brother star may face jail over fur coat
'Celebrity Big Brother' star Pete Burns could face jail after claiming that his fur coat is a gorilla-skin coat.
According to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Burns could face very serious consequences if the coat he is wearing is made from the endangered animals' skin.
Biodiversity Minister Jim Knight said: "Gorilla skins belong on gorillas, not on reality TV show contestants.
"Gorillas are critically endangered, and any promotion of gorilla products in this country can only put these amazing creatures in further peril."
"If this is in fact a gorilla skin, there may be serious consequences," Knight said.
According to the Department, any gorilla skin acquired after June 1947 would require an exemption permit, which would be highly unlikely to be granted.
Those found guilty of trading in the endangered species could face up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.
The coat has already sparked arguments in the house, with Jodie Marsh saying: "I think it's low that you wear a monkey coat. It offends me every time I see it on your back."