COMIC Sara Pascoe has revealed she reported a male celebrity to telly bosses after a viewer told her: “That’s my rapist.” The 41-year-old said she’d been contacted by a fan after appearing alongside the man on TV.
Speaking on new Amazon Prime series Backstage With Katherine Ryan, she said: “Have you ever done a job and then someone’s contacted you and said: ‘That’s my rapist’? “I had it on a job recently where I’ve had to go to the channel, and it’s that whole thing because you feel such a sense of responsibility but you also want it to be dealt with well. “It’s so complicated.”
Sara, who has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and Taskmaster, made the allegation after Katherine said she’d accused a telly colleague of being a sexual predator. The Canadian star, 38, said she made the allegation in front of others working on a popular programme. “I raised it. I called him a predator to his face and in front of everyone every day,” she said.
But she admitted the decision to accuse him had come with its own difficulties. “What am I supposed to do? It’s such a messy thing because I don’t have proof,” she said.“What, am I not supposed to feed my children because of someone else?”
Katherine has appeared on several well-known shows, including Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and A League Of Their Own. Sara and Katherine join a number of high-profile women making allegations against men they claim are sexual predators, including film star Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, and model Cara Delevingne, 29.
Both shared experiences of being abused by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, 70. And last year Doctor Who star Noel Clarke, 46, was accused of groping, harassment and bullying after 20 women came forward. He denied sexual harassment claims and last month said the allegations left him suicidal. The Met Police was hit with a huge backlash after the force dropped its investigation into him in March.