Producer Charlie Hanson has been removed from his role on Ricky Gervais’ hit Netflix show After Life after he was accused of being a sexual predator.
Golden Globe Hanson, 68, faced claims of inappropriate behaviour from 11 women, and he has denied the allegations and rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing on his part.
After the claims were made public over the weekend, Gervais said he was “appalled” and confirmed Hanson has since been dropped from After Life.
He has also had his membership suspended by BAFTA.
Now Netflix have also confirmed Hanson will no longer be part of the show going forward.
They said in a statement: “On Monday, we received an anonymous email containing historical allegations about a producer on one of our titles.
“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.”
Speaking through his lawyer, Hanson said: “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.”
He continued: “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 claims came in a reported 5,000-word email to BAFTA and Netflix. It is said to accuse Hanson of “promising a starry career under his wing” before allegedly making unwanted advances.
One alleged victim accuses him of having sex with her without consent in 2008 after they met about a script, The Times said.
Another claims Hanson sexually assaulted her when she was too inebriated to consent in 2015, after having acted as her “mentor”.
The women’s email reportedly alleges: “Charlie Hanson is a predator who uses his standing to groom far younger, impressionable and sometimes vulnerable women.
“Please tell us what you are doing to ensure Charlie Hanson [can] no longer use his standing with Netflix and BAFTA to launder his reputation and continue to hurt women.”
In a statement released after the allegations were made public, After Life’s star and creator Ricky Gervais, 59, said: “I’m shocked and appalled to learn of the allegations.
“The decision was made to immediately remove him from production and I am confident the matter is being handled thoroughly.”
A third series of After Life is currently being filmed.