The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Broadcaster and Celebrity Big Brother star James Whale has been suspended from talkRADIO after an interview with author and journalist Nichi Hodgson.
Hodgson was on talkRADIO discussing flirtation since the #MeToo movement. She then opened up about being sexually assaulted in January.
Writing in The Guardian, Hodgson explained of her interview: “I was interrogated, ridiculed and had my journalistic integrity questioned.”
She added that “after hearing me talk of being orally raped”, James Whale “can be seen horrifically laughing” in a YouTube clip, originally posted by talkRADIO but then deleted.
The clip has been put online by The Guardian, and shared on Twitter by Hodgson.
In a statement, since retweeted by Whale and Hodgson, talkRADIO said: “James Whale’s interview with Nichi Hodgson on Monday was conducted in a manner that did not reflect the values of the station and completely lacked sensitivity when she discussed her personal story.
“This style of broadcasting is not something that Talk Radio supports or encourages, and we have taken the decision to suspend James Whale pending a full investigation.
“This incident saw regrettable errors made by both the production and presenting teams and we are taking measures to ensure that they are not repeated again.”
In Hodgson’s article, she describes her talkRADIO appearance as a “merciless exercise in how not to interview someone who has experienced a sexual assault”.
“Using every sneeringly dismissive and misogynistic trick in the book, he made the matter of my sexual assault an interrogation of my behaviour,” she wrote.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.