Organiser's of the Brit Awards have denied leaking the result of Paul Weller's Best Male win at Wednesday night's (18Feb09) ceremony - after bookmakers in England lost an estimated $140,000 (£100,000) over the prize
British betting shops Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, William Hill and Tote all stopped taking wagers on Weller to win the award amid fears of a 'leak' over the result - after an avalanche of stakes were placed in just a few hours last Sunday (15Feb09).
And their worst fears came true at the Wednesday (28Feb09) night ceremony in London when Weller beat Will Young, Ian Brown, The Streets - aka rapper Mike Skinner - and James Morrison to land the coveted prize.
Weller's win cost the gambling industry around $140,000 (£100,000) and industry bosses claim that the star's pre-recorded acceptance speech could have led to the flurry of bets.
But Brit Awards bosses are adamant they did everything they could to keep the result out of the public domain.
A spokesman says, "Every precaution is taken to keep results under lock and key.