Chewing Gum Star Was Sexually Assaulted When Writing Show
Star of the British comedy Chewing Gum, Michaela Coel, revealed that she was sexually assaulted while working on the show.
“I was working overnight in the company’s offices; I had an episode due at 7 a.m. I took a break and had a drink with a good friend who was nearby. I emerged into consciousness typing season two, many hours later. I was lucky. I had a flashback. It turned out I’d been sexually assaulted by strangers. The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers.”
Coel did not name the assaulter. Coel revealed her assault during a MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
“How do we operate in this family of television when there is in an emergency? Overnight, I saw them morph into an anxious team of employers and employees alike; teetering back and forth between the line of knowing what normal human empathy is and not knowing what empathy is at all. When there are police involved, and footage, of people carrying your sleeping writer into dangerous places, when cuts are found, when there’s blood…what is your job?"
Coel was given free therapy services from the production company at a private clinic until production of the show was completed. Do you think more could have been done for Coel? Let us know in the comments section below.