Katherine Ryan says she will never talk about her experience with TV predator again
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Katherine Ryan says she will never talk about her experience with TV predator again.
The Canadian comedian recently spoke to Louis Theroux and claimed that the man's behaviour was an 'open secret' within the industry.
Ryan said it was 'dangerous' for her to talk about but revealed that she once confronted the fellow comic.
She said: "I think I mean a perpetrator of sexual assault, but it is very dangerous for us to have this conversation.
"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 the people who talk about alleged predators."
Ryan added that 'it's not really my story to tell… no one has perpetrated any sexual assaults against me'.
"But this person, I believe very strongly, so do a lot of people… is an open secret, is a perpetrator of sexual assault," she added.
"I, in front of loads of people, in the format of the show said to this person's face that they are a predator, again and again."
The mum-of-two explained that these parts of the unnamed show were taken out in the edit.
"It's fine, I still got paid and I still did my job, but I did it in my way that I felt was fair," she said.
"This is what we talk about… female comics and probably actresses and women in my industry talk about all the time because that is the safest way for us to talk about it."
Understandably, Ryan's comments sparked a great deal of interest in the allegations, with people keen to find out more details.
But Ryan has now said that she will not be discussing it ever again, and told journalists not to ask her about it.
In a post to her Instagram account, she wrote: "In the original context, this was about my experience and the shared experiences of my colleagues faced with the moral dilemma of whether or not to take a job when you think you'll be working with a creep. I decided on a personal compromise.
"Fine to speak about that experience when asked, I wasn't trying to 'out' anyone or name anyone but then.......they don't want his name.
"That's the thing people don't seem to understand. Papers, journalists, investigators are asking me for the WOMEN's names.
"They want the WOMEN'S names so they can ring them up, pressure them and print their stories and associate them constantly with this s**t."
She concluded her post, adding: "Leave these women alone. I will not be discussing this ever again so don't ask me."