Charlie Hanson, the producer and director, has been removed from Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series After Life amid serious allegations of sexual misconduct.
As a result, Hanson has also been suspended by BAFTA after the allegations we made public in a new report published by The Times of London. It has been claimed by 11 different women that cases of sexual misconduct occurred from 2008 to 2015.
Hanson has vehemently denied all allegations made against him.
Despite Hanson’s denial, Netflix confirmed that he will longer hold his position as a producer on Gervais’ hit series After Life. “On Monday, we received an anonymous email containing historical allegations about a producer on one of our titles,” a statement read from a Netflix spokesman. “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.”
Adding to the confirmation, Gervais released his own statement: “I am shocked and appalled to learn of the historical allegations made by a number of women against Charlie Hanson,” the comedian commented. “The decision was made to immediately remove him from production and I am confident the matter is being handled thoroughly.”
To further confirm the situation, BAFTA released a statement of their own to confirm that Hanson’s membership had been suspended. “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,” the statement reads.
Adding: “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.”
In response to the news, Hanson’s attorney issued a denial on his behalf to Deadline. It reads: “I have been made aware of allegations made against me concerning improper conduct towards women dating back many years. Based on the summaries that have been provided to me, I understand that many of these accusations are made anonymously and are demonstrably false.
“I have not had one complaint in decades of work in the media industry. I categorically reject any wrongdoing on my part, and strongly refute the allegations that have been levelled at me. I have worked with and supported hundreds of men and women during my working life and will do what is necessary to protect and/or restore my reputation. I will also cooperate with any formal inquiries. The matter is now in the hands of my solicitors.”