BBC dealing with 25 new sexual harassment claims post-Weinstein


The BBC is investigating 25 accusations of sexual harassment against staff after a surge of complaints.

Giving evidence to the Commons Digital, Media and Sport Committee, Anne Bulford said the corporation was now dealing with 25 "live" cases covering a range of issues.

In a statement, the BBC said: "Since the Harvey Weinstein revelations, we've been actively encouraging staff to come forward with any concerns".

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"We have more cases at present than during the last 3 years".

According to NBC New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is preparing to present his case for charges before a grand jury next week (begs13Nov17), after Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta reported Weinstein to police on 26 October (17) for allegedly raping her twice in 2010. In the last couple of years the total number of cases has been about 40, she added.

"We've got 25 live cases at the moment, with a range of different issues coming through. Whether they're current or whether they're historic in relation to sexual harassment, the important thing is people come forward".

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An eighth woman has now come forward with a complaint, the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) said. She claimed Weinstein showed up in the lobby of her apartment building weeks later and raped her again, while she was drunk. "We have specialist people on the staff to support people who come forward", she said. It feels like a good thing if you don't have a lot of complaints - that might be good for a healthy culture. Many victims have boldly spoken out, naming the individuals who took advantage of them and detailing a culture of appalling and sometimes criminal behavior.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he is also facing criminal investigations in Los Angeles and NY, where prosecutors reportedly have enough evidence to seek an indictment.

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