Ricky Gervais, who worked with the disgraced producer Charlie Hanson on ‘After Life,’ ‘Derek’ and ‘Extras’ has opened up regarding the sexual misconduct claims by 11 women.
“I am shocked and appalled to learn of the historical allegations made by a number of women against Charlie Hanson,” Gervais told The Hollywood Reporter. “The decision was made to immediately remove him from production and I am confident the matter is being handled thoroughly.”
Netflix confirmed this weekend that Hanson was removed from “After Life.”
The email Netflix received against Hanson
“On Monday, we received an anonymous email containing historical allegations about a producer on one of our titles,” a rep for the streamer said in a statement obtained by THR. “Whilst the allegations are unrelated to his time on the show, we immediately removed him from the production and referred the matter to the police.”
“One woman alleges an incident in 2008 where Hanson had sex with her without her consent in a house she did not recognize. Another woman alleges an incident in 2015 where Hanson ‘persisted in sexual contact’ despite her state of semi-consciousness,” Times reporter Sophie Wilkinson shared the allegations against Hanson on Twitter.
“A predator who uses his reputation, connections, and standing in order to groom far younger, impressionable, and sometimes vulnerable women into trusting him, The Times reported Hanson’s accusers sent a 5,000-word email to Netflix and BAFTA.
“At times he will promise them a starry career under his wing, and then exploits that trust in creepy and illegal ways,” the email continued. “He then tries to diminish the seriousness of what he’s done by telling these young women — us — that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed, that it was somehow blameless. He does his best to convince himself — and others — that this method of operating is fine. But we know it is not fine.”
“Please tell us what you are doing to ensure Charlie Hanson will no longer be able to use his standing with both Netflix and BAFTA in order to launder his reputation and continue to hurt women,” the email said.
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