“I am shocked and dismayed to learn of the historic allegations made by a number of women against Charlie Hanson. The decision has been taken to immediately withdraw it from production and I have no doubts that the matter is being dealt with thoroughly, ”Gervais said in a statement on Saturday.
Hanson produced two seasons of Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedy “Extras” for the BBC and HBO, as well as the couple’s film “Cemetery Junction”. He was also the originator of the series “Life is Too Short” and “Derek” by Gervais and Merchant, starring Gervais.
Hanson was revealed as the male producer removed from a Netflix production after the streaming giant received an anonymous email detailing historic allegations about the executive. News of the producer’s withdrawal was first reported by the Broadcast industry outlet, although a name was withheld.
British newspaper The Times revealed on Saturday that the producer was Hanson. Netflix later confirmed that the production in question was Season 3 of “After Life”. According to the outlet, 11 women complained about Hanson’s conduct.
“Charlie Hanson is a predator who uses his reputation, connections and reputation to prepare much younger, impressionable and sometimes vulnerable women to trust him,” the women claimed in an email to Netflix and BAFTA, excerpt of the Times.
“Sometimes he’ll promise them a star-studded career under his wing and then exploit that trust in frightening and illegal ways,” the letter continued. “Then he tries to lessen the gravity of what he did by telling these young women – us – that it wasn’t as bad as it looked, that it was sort of flawless. He does his best to convince himself – and others – that this method of operation is correct. But we know this is wrong.
Variety understands that Hanson and his attorneys have not yet received a copy of this letter.
Hanson denied all the allegations through his lawyer, who released a statement: “Our client is shocked and appalled by these historic and false allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women. He maintains that he has never acted inappropriately on any production, or at all, and that he has never had any complaints about his conduct in decades in the media industry.
Hanson said as part of the statement: “I have been made aware of allegations made against me regarding inappropriate conduct towards women dating back several years. Based on the summaries provided to me, I understand that many of these accusations are made anonymously and are patently false. I haven’t had a single complaint in decades of working in the media industry. I categorically reject any wrongdoing on my part and strongly refute the allegations that have been made against me. I have worked with and supported hundreds of men and women in my professional life and will do whatever is necessary to protect and / or restore my reputation. I will also cooperate with all formal inquiries. The matter is now in the hands of my lawyers.
Hanson is the latest British media figure to face allegations of misconduct following explosive revelations in late April about actor-producer Noel Clarke, who has been accused by at least 20 women in a series of complaints, including sexual harassment and intimidation.
Clarke’s production company Unstoppable is still under investigation by super-indie All3Media. His show, “Bulletproof”, was canceled by Sky, as revealed Variety.
Naman Ramachandran contributed to this report.