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Banijay U.K. Launches “Urgent Internal Investigation” – The Hollywood Reporter

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Following accusations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse in opposition to Russell Model overlaying a seven-year interval on the peak of his fame, which have been unveiled on Saturday based mostly on a The Instances, The Sunday Instances and Channel 4 Dispatches investigation, the U.Ok. arm of huge manufacturing firm Banijay stated on Sunday that it has launched an “urgent” inner probe.

The Instances and Channel 4 investigation into Model discovered 4 girls alleging that Model sexually assaulted them between 2006 and 2013, whereas he was a BBC presenter and appearing in Hollywood movies. It additionally spoke of controlling, abusive and predatory habits by the star, who has vehemently denied wrongdoing.

The Saturday reviews additional included accusations that Model flashed his penis at a runner and pursued girls within the viewers for intercourse whereas engaged on the exhibits EFourum and Large Brother’s Large Mouth, which have been produced by Endemol for Channel 4. Endemol and Shine Group merged in 2015 to type Endemol Shine, which Banijay acquired in 2020.

“In light of the very serious allegations raised by Dispatches and The Times/Sunday Times investigation relating to the alleged serious misconduct of Russell Brand while presenting shows produced by Endemol in 2004 and 2005, Banijay U.K. has launched an urgent internal investigation and will cooperate with any requests for information from broadcast partners and external agencies,” the corporate stated in a Sunday assertion. “We also encourage anybody who feels that they were affected by Brand’s behavior while working on these productions to contact us in confidence.”

The actor and comic preemptively denied the allegations reported by the Instances and Channel 4` in a video posted to his social media platforms on Friday. He stated he acquired an e mail and a letter from a mainstream TV firm and a newspaper that listed a number of “egregious and aggressive” acts that he “absolutely refute[s].”

“These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies, and as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous,” he stated within the video posted to his Twitter and Instagram. “Now during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then — almost too transparent — and I’m being transparent about it now as well.”

Banijay had issued a primary response to the reviews on Saturday. “Banijay U.K. has robust welfare procedures and policies in place which are aimed at preventing such occurrences and protecting cast, crew and staff,” it stated. “Escalation protocols are also in place across all our productions to encourage anyone experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behavior on set or in the workplace to speak up. A global code of conduct, anonymous whistle-blowing line and dedicated senior HR contacts are promoted for all production teams, including on-call sheets.” Concluded the manufacturing large: “We take our duty of care to our cast, crew and staff extremely seriously.”

In regards to the historic allegations in opposition to Model, Banijay U.Ok. had stated on Saturday: “While the legacy company, Endemol, did have a code of conduct, support policies and escalation procedures in place during the period in question (2004/2005), they were not as robust as our current processes. We are sorry these women did not feel supported and protected while working on these productions and in light of these serious allegations encourage to them to contact us in confidence.”

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