‘Chewing Gum’ star Michaela Coel speaks out about sexual assault and preps new series about consent

The actress wants the industry to do more protect women.

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You may know Michaela Coel from her amazing work on the Netflix series, Chewing Gum and Black Mirror, and now she’s raising her voice about an important issue facing women in the industry.

The actress and screenwriter opened up about being sexually assaulted during her groundbreaking speech at the 43rd MacTaggart lecture at the annual Edinburgh television festival. The 30-year-old revealed that she was assaulted while working on a script.

“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,” she said. “I asked to push the deadline back and for the channel to be informed as to why…The deadline was pushed back, but the head of comedy never found out why.”

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