Tv executives allegedly thought-about eradicating all feminine employees from exhibits helmed by Russell Model as a substitute of the British comedian himself, over fears they’d be “assaulted or harassed.”
The surprising allegation comes as 4 girls have accused the Model, 48, of raping and sexually abusing them in the course of the peak of his fame between 2006 and 2013, in response to a joint investigation printed Saturday by the Instances of London and Channel 4 Dispatches.
One girl who was recognized within the bombshell report as “Alice,” claimed that Model groomed and sexually abused her when she was 16.
Alice, who later went on to work at Channel 4, recalled a piece assembly the place Model was pitched to host a tv present, however issues about his conduct had been raised.
In the course of the assembly, both in late 2013 or early 2014, tv execs prompt taking feminine employees off the present as a substitute of the problematic comedian, the girl reportedly recalled.
“The answer that was provided was that we’d take the feminine employees off the crew — girls which have labored arduous to get into this trade — now can’t work on specific exhibits due to worry that they could be assaulted or harassed. I used to be in disbelief,” she stated, in response to the report.
When Alice met Model in 2006, he was changing into a family title because the host of Channel 4’s “Massive Brother’s Massive Mouth” and as a BBC radio presenter.
The then-31-year-old referred to as the teenager “the kid” and assaulted her throughout their “emotionally abusive and controlling” three-month relationship, she stated. The age of consent is 16 within the UK.
Whereas Model’s alleged sinister conduct was an “open secret” within the leisure trade, he continued to be afforded alternatives by UK broadcasters, together with Channel 4. In 2019, he appeared on a celeb version of “Bake Off” on the channel and baked biscuits impressed by the genitals of his spouse, Laura Gallacher.
Days after the exposé was printed, Model took the stage at London’s Troubabour Wembley Park Theatre on Saturday, the newest cease on his stand-up comedy tour.
“I’ve acquired a whole lot of issues to speak to you about. There are clearly some issues that I completely can not speak about and I respect that you’ll perceive,” he advised the bought out crowd, in response to The Unbiased.
His efficiency got here as police in England urged different potential victims of intercourse assault to come back ahead, and agent Tavistock Wooden fired him, the outlet reported.
Wooden realized of Alice’s allegations three years in the past, however continued to symbolize Model till the bombshell report was launched. The agent claimed he was “horribly misled” by the comedian, Deadline reported.
Model denied the disturbing allegations in an internet video launched Saturday earlier than the report was even printed.
“Amidst this litany of astonishing, quite baroque assaults, are some very critical allegations that I completely refute,” he stated, including the claims stem from a time when he was “very, very promiscuous,” which he stated he wrote “about extensively in my books.”
“Now throughout that point of promiscuity, the relationships I had had been completely, at all times consensual.”
In response to the report, a spokesman for Channel 4 stated they had been “decided to grasp the complete nature of what went on.”
“We’ve got carried out in depth doc searches and have discovered no proof to counsel the alleged incidents had been dropped at the eye of Channel 4.
“We’ll proceed to overview this in gentle of any additional data we obtain, together with the accounts of these affected people. We will likely be asking the manufacturing firm who produced the programmes [sic] for Channel 4 to research these allegations and report their findings correctly and satisfactorily to us,” the spokesman continued.