Time’s Up UK has called on the UK film and television industry to establish an independent authority to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct following a growing #MeToo movement in the television industry.
The charity, created in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has also called on privacy coordinators to become mandatory on UK film sets. it comes after I can destroy you designer Michaela Coel highlighted their work by accepting her BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress on Sunday.
Time’s Up UK President Dame Heather Rabbatts addressed the demands in an interview with Deadline last week, in which she said there must be better standards for dealing with historic sexual misconduct complaints as a result complaints filed by 20 women against Noel Clarke.
Time’s Up UK worked with law firm Fieldfisher to develop their proposals for a sexual misconduct complaints body. He said such a unit should be empowered to:
- Provide a safe space for victims, both historical and current, to seek to report cases and receive initial counseling
- A referral body for complaints (anonymous or not) received by members of the industry
- Advice to the sector in the event of allegations
- Mediation of complaints, for companies and individuals
- When deemed appropriate, and particularly when a pattern of behavior emerges through reporting, the authority to conduct confidential investigations into allegations of violations of applicable codes and guidelines
- A framework that protects complainants, but also guarantees fairness and justice
- Publication of factual determinations and recommendations