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Ricky Gervais has spoken out after his frequent collaborator and After Life producer Charlie Hanson was accused of sexual misconduct by 11 ladies, in keeping with a report in U.K. newspaper The Times.
“I’m shocked and appalled to study of the historic allegations made by a lot of ladies towards Charlie Hanson,” Gervais stated in a press release Saturday obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “The choice was made to instantly take away him from manufacturing and I’m assured the matter is being dealt with totally.”
Netflix confirmed that Hanson was faraway from After Life.
“On Monday, we acquired an nameless e mail containing historic allegations a couple of producer on considered one of our titles,” a rep for the streamer stated in a press release obtained by THR. “While the allegations are unrelated to his time on the present, we instantly eliminated him from the manufacturing and referred the matter to the police.”
Occasions reporter Sophie Wilkinson detailed two of the allegations against Hanson on Twitter, writing, “One lady alleges an incident in 2008 the place Hanson had intercourse along with her with out her consent in a home she didn’t acknowledge. One other lady alleges an incident in 2015 the place Hanson ‘endured in sexual contact’ regardless of her state of semi-consciousness.”
The Occasions reported that a few of Hanson’s accusers despatched a 5,000-word e mail to Netflix and BAFTA, through which, in keeping with the outlet, they referred to as Hanson “a predator who makes use of his fame, connections and standing to be able to groom far youthful, impressionable and generally weak ladies into trusting him.”
“At occasions he’ll promise them a starry profession below his wing, after which exploits that belief in creepy and unlawful methods,” the e-mail continued, in keeping with The Occasions. “He then tries to decrease the seriousness of what he’s finished by telling these younger ladies — us — that it wasn’t as dangerous because it appeared, that it was someway innocent. He does his finest to persuade himself — and others — that this methodology of working is ok. However we all know it’s not fantastic.”
The ladies requested Netflix and BAFTA to think about whether or not he ought to proceed in his present roles.
“Please inform us what you might be doing to make sure Charlie Hanson will now not be capable of use his standing with each Netflix and BAFTA to be able to launder his fame and proceed to harm ladies,” the e-mail stated, in keeping with The Occasions.
The Occasions reported that Hanson has had his BAFTA membership revoked.
BAFTA has not but responded to THR‘s request for remark however submitted the next assertion to The Occasions: “BAFTA is an arts charity and doesn’t have the ability to research historic claims of abuse due to this fact we’ve got referred the matter to the police. The behaviour that these accounts allege is abhorrent, in full opposition to BAFTA values and has no place in our trade.”
Hanson has denied the allegations, in keeping with a press release from his lawyer to The Occasions, however stated he would full cooperate with any formal investigation. A rep for Hanson has but to reply to THR‘s request for remark.
Along with After Life, Hanson produced Gervais’ Life’s Too Quick, Derek and two seasons of Extras.