The Voice scandal deepens as dozens of women of all ages depth abuse, harassment

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A YouTube documentary about sexual intimidation and abuse surrounding The Voice of Holland expertise demonstrate has comprehensive a extensive list of promises about sexual abuse, inappropriate opinions and conduct and even a single instance of rape.

The prolonged-awaited programme, broadcast on Thursday afternoon, included statements from dozens of nameless gals who have been contestants on the present.

Just one previous contestant accused rapper and show mentor Ali B of raping her 8 many years ago, when she appeared on the demonstrate as an 18-calendar year-old. The female instructed her tale in a disguised voice, stating she ‘froze’ through the assault and that it experienced taken her yrs to realise she was not to blame.

Two women have so far made law enforcement grievances about B, who denies all the allegations.

The programme included other anonymous women who spoke about B promising them fame and then striving to kiss and contact them at his dwelling or in the dressing area –  a pattern repeated by other men involved in the show.

Off air

RTL took the expertise hunt off air last weekend when band leader Jeroen Rietbergen went general public with a confession, prior to the allegations have been broadcast.

Rietbergen is alleged to have created ongoing sexualised responses for the duration of rehearsals, sent girls pics of his sexual organ and in a single scenario, experienced physical get hold of. The issues about Rietbergen include a period of time of above ten a long time, from 2010 and involve at minimum 19 women.

De Mol

The exhibit also designed it clear that John de Mol, who devised the programme and owned broadcasting organization Talpa until it was taken about by ITV in 2019, was mindful of at minimum one circumstance of unacceptable sexual behaviour by Rietbergen in April 2019.

De Mol explained to the programme he had summoned Rietbergen and specified him a critical speaking as well, but also gave him a second likelihood. De Mol mentioned he was not aware that Rietbergen had also sexually intimidated other girls.

Rietbergen was at the time in a connection with De Mol’s sister, television presenter Linda. The couple divided just after the scandal broke and Linda de Mol reported before the broadcast that her heart ‘wept for all the women who have suffered’.

Six ladies designed complaints about singer Marco Borsato, three from contestants on The Voice and a few on The Voice Young ones. A spokesman for Borsato, who was faced with allegations about his behaviour at the conclude of the final yr, claimed he would not be commenting on the statements.


A even more 15 girls created complaints about a single of the show’s directors who was not named by the programme makers. He was accused of making inappropriate opinions and touching the contestants and informed the programme by way of his attorney that he denied all the accusations.

Considering that the storm broke, decide and coach Anouk has also quit the line-up, and the key sponsors have dumped the programme. RTL has also pulled The Voice Children and The Voice Senior.

The Voice structure has been bought by broadcasters in about 50 countries planet extensive, considering that its inception in 2010.

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