The Irish film industry has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct over the years.
The most recent allegations come from a former performer, who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow performer and that the film industry had failed to properly address the issue.
The woman, who asked not to be named, told The Irish News that her experience began after a meeting with a male performer who allegedly offered to pay for her to perform.
The man was allegedly a close friend of the performer’s.
The film industry then made an effort to address the problem, she said, but she was still not satisfied with the results.
The company that employed her did not offer any counselling or support services, she alleged, but instead sent her a list of suggestions, which included “just doing it again”, “get up in front of the camera and be sexy” and “never go back”.
The woman said she was later subjected to a “perversion” of her sexual nature by the man.
“He told me he was going to fuck me.
He was asking me to kiss him.
He kept saying ‘you’ll see’, but he kept asking me if I wanted it,” she said.
“I was in such a state that I was just too terrified to say no.
I felt really uncomfortable.
I said no and I was left in his room for a bit.
I got dressed and went home.”
The woman was subsequently raped by another performer who had worked with her and was now employed at the company.
The two performers were later charged with rape and sexual assault and are currently in custody.
The actress claims she was not able to disclose the names of the alleged perpetrators to protect her identity, but was able to provide her contact details.
She said that she felt a lack of empathy for the woman’s situation, saying that “it felt like it was an injustice”.
“I felt like I was being exploited,” she added.
“It felt like she was treated like a piece of meat.
She felt she had to put up with it and it’s still going on today.”
The case has sparked calls for change within the film business, with several industry bodies including the Irish Film Industry Association (IFIA) calling for greater oversight of the industry.
The Irish Film Institute (IFI) said that it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific allegations, but that the “possibility of a systemic problem” exists and “should be addressed”.
“The IFIA takes these allegations very seriously, and is committed to working with industry bodies and individuals to ensure that such a problem is addressed,” the organisation said.
Meanwhile, the Independent Film Review Board (IFRB) has expressed concerns about the way in which certain performers have been employed within the industry, saying “many have been paid for their work in the past”.
The IFRB said that the issue was raised with the company responsible for employing the performers, but there has been no response.
Independent filmmakers have also raised concerns about how the industry has responded to the allegations, including a recent complaint from a woman who claims she had a sexual encounter with a producer.
She told The Independent that the company did not make it clear to her that she would be the subject of an investigation and that she had not been given an explanation for the circumstances.
The incident took place in 2012, the year that a number of films were released in Ireland, including the Oscar-nominated The Big Sleep, the Oscar winners The Boy Who Cried Wolf and the Oscar nominees The Great Gig in the Sky and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.