Katherine Ryan has claimed that a very prominent British TV personality is a “perpetrator of sexual assault.”
The Canadian comedian, 39, said she previously confronted the unnamed man in front of others but said his alleged unacceptable behavior remains an “open secret” in the industry.
Speaking to Louis Theroux on a recent episode of his “Interviews…” series Tuesday, “The Duchess” star elaborated further on this particular high-profile figure, without divulging his name.
“It’s very dangerous for us to have this conversation,” she told Theroux.
“I’m happy to have it, but it’s a litigious minefield because lots of people have tried to nail this person down for their alleged crimes and this person has very good lawyers, so am I going to put my mortgage on the line by saying who this person is or entering into any conversations like that?”
“We’ve seen what happens to people who talk about alleged predators,” she added.
The comic added that while she wasn’t a victim herself, the person in question is known to behave a certain way.
“It’s not really my story to tell,” she explained. “No one has perpetrated any sexual assault against me, but this person, I believe very strongly – many people believe very strongly – is an open secret, is a perpetrator of sexual assault.”
Ryan previously revealed her confrontation with the man in question, who took place during her show “Backstage With Katherine Ryan” earlier this year.
“I called him a predator to his face and in front of everyone that day,” Ryan said. What am I supposed to do? It’s such a messy thing because I don’t have proof. What am I not supposed to feed my children because of someone else?
The remarks were ultimately cut from the broadcast.
“I still got paid and I still did my job, but I did it in my way, which I thought was fair,” Ryan added.