Lily Allen has accused the pinnacle of her document label of taking no motion after she informed him of an alleged sexual assault by an business govt.
Warner Music UK has turn into the newest firm to be drawn into the #MeToo controversy after Allen claimed it had turned a blind eye after they learnt of her claims.
The pop star first made the assault allegation in her memoirs final yr, claiming that the person attacked her in a lodge room in 2016.
In a brand new podcast for the BBC as a part of an investigation into the music business and the #MeToo motion, Allen mentioned she met the pinnacle of her document label – Max Lousada, chairman and chief govt of Warner Music UK – shortly after the e book was printed.
“I went out for dinner with one of the label bosses and he said to me that he had no idea about this incident until he read about it in the book,” Allen mentioned.
Requested by the podcast host, Miquita Oliver, if Mr Lousada had mentioned, “Now that we know, boy, are we going to do something about it,” Allen replied: “No.”
She mentioned the label had seen an early copy of the e book with out her information. “They got hold of the book so that they could see what was coming and protect themselves, because otherwise they would have read the book and gone, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what happened with so-and-so, are you ok?’ No, that didn’t happen.”
Allen added: “Nobody wants to have the conversation, nobody wants to talk about it because then they have to talk about their culpability and their knowledge… and if their job isn’t to protect an artist, then what are they doing within that company? What are they doing there?”
The BBC mentioned that Allen’s alleged attacker continues to work with Warner. Allen parted firm with the label this summer time.
A spokesman for Warner Music UK mentioned in an announcement: “These allegations [from 2016] are appalling. We take accusations of sexual misconduct extraordinarily critically and examine claims which can be raised with us.
“We’re very focused on enforcing our Code of Conduct and providing a safe and professional environment at all times.”
The alleged assault happened within the Caribbean, the place Allen was engaged on new materials.
She recalled: “I had been at a party. He was in a position of responsibility. He’d got me out of this party and decided he wanted to take me back to my hotel. We got to my hotel. I couldn’t find my room keys, so he was like, ‘Well, why don’t you sleep in my bed while I go and get the keys?’”
Allen mentioned she had been ingesting closely and handed out. “The next thing I knew, I woke up and he was in my bed naked.”
She mentioned the person tried to have intercourse together with her, and he or she jumped off the bed screaming.
On the time, she didn’t report it to the label. “I’d made a decision that I didn’t want to go to the police, that I didn’t want to make a fuss and I wanted to keep it quiet. But I did want to protect myself,” she mentioned.
Allen mentioned she felt her profession had been broken “as a result of talking about this stuff”.
“People are always questioning what the victim’s intentions are, what it is that their end game is. I think the victims just want validation – they want someone to go, ‘Yeah, that happened, that was wrong, you’re a person, somebody crossed the line with you,’” she mentioned.
“And I’m a 34-year-old woman with two children, God knows what it’s like to be 19, 20, 21 in this industry.”