Katherine Ryan says women in showbiz are forced to always question how ‘safe’ they are at work
‘It’s a constant state of vigilance’: Katherine Ryan says women in showbiz are forever forced to wonder if they’re ‘safe to take a job with someone they’ve heard is dangerous’ – after calling an anonymous male colleague a “sex pest”
- The comedian told Lorraine female acts need to consider whether the job is ‘safe’
- The comments came after Ms Ryan, 38, revealed she confronted a ‘sex pest’
- She said she called the unnamed TV colleague a ‘disgusting face’
Katherine Ryan says women in show business are in a “constant state of alert” to the behavior of predatory men.
The comedian, 38, says female actors need to consider whether a job is ‘safe’ and whether they should consider taking a job if they’ve heard a male peer is ‘very dangerous’.
It comes after the Canadian star revealed she once confronted a TV colleague and accused him of being a ‘sex pest’.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, she said: ‘It’s a constant state of alertness – is this job safe for me?
“Should I take this job knowing that I will be working with someone who I have heard from my peers is very dangerous?”
Katherine Ryan (pictured) says women in show business are in a ‘constant state of vigilance’ about the behavior of men
Last week she revealed in a chat with Sara Pascoe (pictured right), Ms Ryan (pictured left) revealed she had once confronted a TV colleague and accused him of being a sexual predator. She said she made the allegation in front of others working on a popular program
But she said female comedians always talk to each other about predatory men in the industry.
She made the comments when asked if there was still a problem in the entertainment industry.
Last week, she revealed in a chat with Sara Pascoe that she once confronted a TV colleague and accused him of being a sexual predator.
The TV star – who has appeared on shows such as Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and a League Of Their Own – said she made the allegation in front of other people working on a popular program.
She told him, “I picked him up. I called him a predator in front and in front of everyone every day.
But she also said, ‘What am I supposed to do? It’s so complicated because I don’t have proof.
‘What, I’m not supposed to feed my children because of someone else?’
Miss Pascoe, 41, said: ‘Have you ever done a job and then someone contacted you and said, ‘He’s my rapist?
Harvey Weinstein, 70, will be charged with indecent assault of a woman in London in 1996
Harvey Weinstein will be charged by the Metropolitan Police with two counts of indecent assault on a woman in August 1996, British prosecutors announced today.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crimes Division, has confirmed Scotland Yard has been cleared to charge the former film producer.
The charges related to a complainant in August 1996 in London, and the decision was made after the CPS considered evidence gathered by the Met.
Police say the woman at the center of the allegations is now in her 50s and the two alleged offenses are contrary to section 14(1) of the Sexual Offenses Act 1956.
Weinstein was sentenced in March 2020 by the New York Supreme Court to 23 years in prison for a sexual assault in 2006 and rape in a separate incident in 2013.
The 70-year-old is currently in a California prison awaiting another trial for alleged sexual assault against five women. He pleaded not guilty.
It sparked an online guessing game about who she was referring to in the remarks.
Miss Pascoe replied: ‘Also in the case you refer to it was about bringing it up.’
Meanwhile, Miss Pascoe has revealed she reported a male celebrity to a TV station after receiving a phone call from a viewer who claimed she had been raped by him.
Miss Pascoe, 41, said: “Have you ever done a job and then someone contacted you and said ‘That’s my rapist’? I had it in a job recently where I had to go to the chain, and it’s all because you feel so responsible but you also want it to be handled well…it’s so complicated.’ ITV and Channel 4 declined to comment.The BBC declined to comment.Sky has also been contacted.
Miss Ryan joins a long line of high profile women who have made similar allegations against sexual predators. They include Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne – who have both shared their experiences of abuse by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since 2017, several high-profile British celebrities have been the subject of MeToo allegations.
Last year, Doctor Who star Noel Clarke was accused of groping, harassment and intimidation after 20 women provided accounts of misconduct to the newspaper.
In April, former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood was accused of sexual misconduct by seven women in a joint investigation by BBC News and The Guardian.
Separately, more than 10,000 current and former secondary school students across the UK have shared their experiences of sexual harassment and rape culture anonymously on the Everyone’s Invited website.
Miss Ryan releases her series on Amazon today. She interviews other actors, including Sue Perkins, Joel Dommett, Rob Beckett, Sarah Millican and Jimmy Carr.