By SARAH BULL
'Easy money': Take Me Out contestant Aaron Withers has been revealed as a £50-an-hour male escort
Take Me Out contestant Aaron Withers is also a £50-an-hour male escort, it has been revealed. The 32-year-old contestant, who was watched by millions of viewers on the ITV show at the weekend winning a date with 28-year-old hopeful Wen, is signed up to the Platinum Select escorts website.
On his profile page on the site, which advertises the services of more than 5,000 escorts, Withers states his charges as £50 for an hour, £500 for an overnight visit or £1,500 for the whole weekend.
Selling his wares: Aaron's escort profile page on the Platinum Select website
His profile states that he is happy to entertain 'mature clients', adding: 'I have an awesome personality and will never struggle to hold conversation.'
Referring to his other job, tarmac worker Withers told the Daily Mirror: 'It seemed like easy money to fund surf trips when I first came to London, just a bit of fun.
'I was really skint and needed to earn cash.'
However, Withers insisted that he never offered any more than an escort service, unlike many of his competitors who provide 'X-rated extras'.
He added to the paper: 'I certainly didn't offer any more than that.'
Love match: Aaron was seen on Saturday night's show picking 28-year-old Wen for a date. Seen here with Wen and host Paddy McGuinness
Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that Withers has a conviction for assaulting a woman in a pub last year.
Withers was convicted of hitting Amy Kerr and her boyfriend Simon Edwards with a pool cue during a brawl in a pub in Somerset last summer.
He was fined £200 and told to pay both victims £50 compensation each after pleading guilty to the attack.
An ITV spokesperson said Withers' background should have been checked more thoroughly by the Take Me Out production company TalkbackThames.
They said: 'We are disappointed his record was not picked up in background checks carried out by talkbackThames, the producers or Take Me Out.'
TalkbackThames said they are now 'reviewing procedures', saying: 'During the application process we ask contestants to declare any convictions, and background checks are carried out on each individual, in line with industry practice.
'Aaron's criminal record did not come to light.'