Spanish journalist Alfonso Merlos is in disgrace after a woman (who’s not even his girlfriend) wearing only a top walked into the background of an interview he was broadcasting from home. His girlfriend dubbed the sordid affair “shameful.”
Merlos was speaking as a guest on journalist Javier Negre’s _State of Alarm_ YouTube channel last Friday, when a semi-naked woman casually sauntered into the frame.
The woman is not Merlos’s partner, former Big Brother contestant Marta López, but Alexia Rivas, a reporter with Spanish TV show _Socialité._
The scandal has been dubbed “Merlos Place”, referencing _Melrose Place_, the American soap opera.
López told [La Vanguardia](https://www.lavanguardia.com/gente/20200424/48697877497/marta-lopez-responde-polemica-video-alfonso-merlos-directo-alexia-rivas-desnuda.html) that she’s currently going through a rather painful breakup with Merlos, and found the whole affair “unpleasant” and “shameful.”