A contestant on the Great British Bake has been forced to deny taking a LSD-like drug, before the first episode of the show has even aired.
According to The Sun punk rock musician Stuart Henshall, who will appear on the show when it returns this evening, made the comments while doing an interview with an online music fanzine, with his band Subsource.
The paper alleged he claimed to take Ayahuasca – which originates from South America and contains Class A drug Dimethyltryptamine.
But BBC spokesperson said: “Stu has never taken this drug, the interview was in 2004 and the lads were mucking about throughout the interview giving silly answers.”
When approached by the paper the dad-of-two, who has numerous tattoos and is now a member of another band, rubbished claims saying: “That’s rubbish — it’s nothing to do with me.
“I don’t remember saying that. It must have been someone else from the band. I’ve never been to South America.”
Ayahuasca is also known as yagé and is taken in liquid form – as a brew.
Its hallucinogenic properties make it more potent than LSD, ketamine or magic mushrooms, according to reports.
Supplying the drug can bring an unlimited fine or maximum life sentence in UK courts.
Last year 19-year-old backpacker – Henry Miller – died after having the brew which was given to him by a shaman.