Gabriel Byrne has revealed what it was like working forRTÉ back in the day and has spoken about sexual harassment and misconduct within the company.
He spoke to Sean O'Rourke from Today about male colleagues at the company who would harass women, including his girlfriend at the time.
Byrne revealed that his then-girlfriend was harassed by fellow colleagues and that two colleagues took a bet on who would get a new female employee to bed first.
"The climate of abject sexism [in RTÉ], when I look back on it, was absolutely ridiculous, and there are still a few people walking around the place, who are regarded as, I don't know what you'd call them..., sex pests?
"People just kind of laughed and kind of said 'There he is doing his thing again'. One of those guys made [his girlfriend's] life an absolute misery through his sexual improprieties."
Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are among those who have been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood. Source: PA Images
Byrne also commented on how none of these incidents, involving several women, were reported in fear of losing their jobs.
He also mentioned that bringing it forward toRTÉ was not an option and that such things were just spoken of.
In a statement released by RTÉ, they said:
"Any formal complaints by RTÉ staff during the period referred to by Gabriel Byrne would have been dealt with at the time. RTÉ takes its responsibility to all staff very seriously and provides a number of formal and informal channels through which staff can raise concerns about inappropriate behaviour and other issues."
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