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Russell Brand allegations – a statement

Following the Dispatches/Times allegations this weekend, WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth said:

“The Dispatches broadcast and media around it were deeply distressing, and included allegations of a workplace culture at UK broadcasters and production companies where women who tried to raise concerns about their treatment, and the unacceptable behaviour of others, were ignored.

“Despite some progress in recent years, the entertainment industries remain fertile ground for harassment, discrimination and other unacceptable behaviours to take root and flourish, even with protocols and policies in place that should prevent them.

“Freelance workers in the creative industries are particularly vulnerable and it is our job as a trade union to support, advise and represent our writer members on workplace issues on an individual basis and take up their cases with employers, in confidence. We are always here for you.

“Much work still needs to be done at industry level – we are committed to that work through our forums with broadcasters and others, our lobbying and campaigns, and our joint initiatives with sister unions and organisations in the creative industries. We must all work together to ensure our industries are a safe place for all those who work within them.”

Sources of support

If you are finding the issues raised in the Dispatches programme or subsequent news coverage, distressing, you can call the Samaritans free day or night on 116 123

The Film and TV Charity supports those who work behind the scenes and have a free 24-helpline you can call, whatever the issue:  0800 054 0000

The Metropolitan Police has encouraged anyone who believes they have been a victim of sexual assault following the allegations made at the weekend to come forward. You can contact them here.

WGGB provides individual advice, support, and guidance to members who experience issues when engaged for writing work. Email

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