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Hollyoaks is reviewing more accusations of racism behind-the-scenes as writer speaks out after Rachel Adedeji claims

HOLLYOAKS is reviewing more accusations of racism behind-the-scenes after a writer spoke out following Rachel Adedeji's claims.

On Friday night the 28-year-old actress - who plays Lisa Loveday in the Channel 4 soap - condemned the show for its response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Her comments have lead the show to launch an investigation, but bosses have subsequently had to issue a further statement after former writer Claire Hanrahan made further accusations of racism behind-the-scenes.

Writing in response to Rachel's post, Claire said on Instagram: "I debated whether to share this or not, because I know now is not the time for white voices and opinions.

"I asked myself whether it was performative. Let me be clear that what I’m sharing is in no way deserving of a pat on the back. I did the wrong thing, and I have zero to lose here, unlike @racheladedeji or Matthew.
"And yet I‘m still scared, because looking at the racist structures that reside within me, and all the ways I benefit from white supremacy, has been sickening and ugly."

Claire said she now realised it was important not to stay silent and she wanted to stand with Rachel on "the issue of racism at Hollyoaks".

She continued: "I personally witnessed racism during my time at Hollyoaks, and saw it cost a talented director her job.

"I decided I was leaving around that time, and that I would write a letter to the head of Lime Pictures about it (along with a whole lot of other bs that went down there) once I’d left.
"The director asked me to speak up with her at the time, but I said I felt more comfortable sending a letter in a few weeks, once I was out of there. I can make a lot of excuses as to why I did this - I was scared, I didn’t want to make it awkward for myself to be there, I didn’t want to get fired, I was pregnant, I had been bullied there and it didn’t feel safe etc etc etc.

"I didn’t see how wrong it was to centre my own comfort in that situation. I didn’t see that it was a privilege to make the choice to stay silent while a POC lost their job and was asking me to stand with them. I didn’t see how I was using racism to make my own case, instead of honouring the needs of the person being victimised.
"I’m hoping it’s not too late to do the right thing. I’ve been back in touch with the head of Lime Pictures, following up on my letter and demanding more than token apologies and unfulfilled promises. Systemic change is needed - a podcast is not going to cut it @hollyoaksofficial.
"For any other white folks who have witnessed racism in the workplace, I urge you to speak up."

In response to Claire's post, the soap said in a statement issued to Digital Spy: "Lime pictures has a zero tolerance approach to racism.

"Claire Hanrahan was employed in the script and story department at Hollyoaks from between 2016 and 2017.

"Shortly after leaving Lime's employment, Claire sent a formal complaint to the producers in December 2017.

"A full and thorough investigation was undertaken at the time and a detailed response to Claire's complaint was given in January 2018 and she was invited to provide more information about her complaint.

"No further correspondence was received from Claire until this week. In line with our commitment to do the right thing we will review this matter."

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