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Netflix confirmed that Hanson was removed from After Life.
“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 The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The story notes that Hanson, 68, was asked to leave set of the Ricky Gervais show after 11 woman made claims against him.
“One woman alleges an incident in 2008 where Hanson had sex with her without her consent in a house she did not recognize,” tweeted reporter Sophie Wilkinson, who co-authored the Times report with Lucy Bannerman. “Another woman alleges an incident in 2015 where Hanson ‘persisted in sexual contact’ despite her state of semi-consciousness.”
Wilkinson went on to note that two of the eleven victims contributed to an anonymous email sent to BAFTA and Netflix earlier this week, alleging: “At times he will promise them a starry career under his wing, and then exploits that trust in creepy and illegal ways.”
Hanson’s BAFTA membership has been suspended, THR has confirmed.
“We have been presented with a number of very serious detailed allegations about an individual and while we are not their employer we immediately took the decision to suspend their membership,” a BAFTA spokesperson said in a statement. “BAFTA is an arts charity and does not have the power to investigate historic claims of abuse therefore we have referred the matter to the police. The behaviour that these accounts allege is abhorrent, in complete opposition to BAFTA values and has no place in our industry.”
Hanson, whose producing credits include Derek, Extra’s, In the Long Run and Life’s Too Short, denies the allegations.
His solicitor said in a statement: “Our client is shocked and appalled by these historic and false allegations of improper conduct towards women.” Hanson will cooperate with any formal investigation.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to a representative for Hanson.
May 29, 11:36 a.m. This story has been updated with Netflix’s statement that Hanson has been removed from the production.
May 30, 9:13 a.m. This story has been updated with confirmation that Hanson’s BAFTA membership has been suspended and a statement from the organization.
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