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His Dark Materials’ Ruth Wilson ‘left The Affair over pressure to strip naked for gratuitous sex scenes’

ACTRESS Ruth Wilson quit TV drama The Affair over a “hostile work environment” and demands for her to be naked on camera, it’s been claimed.

The 37-year-old actress, who currently plays Mrs Coulter in the BBC series, starred in the Showtime drama alongside Dominic West for four seasons.

However, she left the show last year and insisted her departure wasn't down to "pay parity" but revealed she was "not allowed to talk about why" she was leaving.

Ruth did add that "there is a much bigger story" behind her exit and now The Hollywood Reporter has published an article claiming the actress left The Affair due to the "frequency and nature of certain nude scenes".

It also alleges Ruth felt The Affair's showrunner Sarah Treem "in particular pressured her to perform such scenes".

Sarah immediately slammed the accusations, telling the publication: "I am not a manipulative person, and I've always been a feminist.

"I did everything I could think of to make [Ruth] feel comfortable with these scenes.

"The reason I even created The Affair was to illuminate how the female experience of moving through the world is so different from the male one.

"The idea that I would ever cultivate an unsafe environment or harass a woman on one of my shows is utterly ridiculous and lacks a grounding in reality."

An insider said: “There was a culture problem from the very beginning and a tone-deafness from Sarah about recognising the position she put actors in.

“Over and over again, I witnessed Sarah Treem try to cajole actors to get naked, even if they were uncomfortable or not contractually obligated to.

"The environment was very toxic.”

The article also reports Ruth made a complaint to Showtime in February 2017, alleging a hostile work environment.

This led to Showtime's parent company CBS opening an internal investigation.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a Showtime rep said: "When confronted with a report of inappropriate behaviour involving anyone within our offices or productions, we immediately initiate a process overseen by our compliance team in the case of our own shows, or in the case of series we license from others, we collaborate closely with the relevant production studio.

"In the instances that THR is referencing, appropriate and decisive action was taken."

A first look at season three of hit US drama The Affair with Ruth Wilson

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