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Michael Colgan expected to release statement amid sexual harassment allegations

A number of women have accused him of harassment

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Michael Colgan is expected to respond to allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour in a statement.

A number of women have gone public about alleged incidents involving the former artistic director at Dublin’s Gate Theatre.

Yesterday, Michael told RTÉ News that he will be issuing a statement in response to the allegations, but didn’t reveal when.

During one of the alleged incidents, director and activist Grace Dyas claimed that Michael  made inappropriate comments to her in a pub following the launch of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

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While at the bar, Michael allegedly told her, “You’ve lost so much weight, I’d almost have sex with you.”

She then said that he became angry when she told him that he couldn’t say such things to her.

“He said that ‘it was only a joke.’ A friend of mine said: ‘So you’re admitting that you said that to her?’.

“He said yeah but it was just a joke. Then he backtracked and said I was a liar, then he stood up and started calling me a pig in front of everyone that I work with.”

Meanwhile,  The Gate Theatre has appointed an independent professional HR advisor to handle any issues raised.

The Theatre are encouraging anyone who has been in their employment, or contracted by them, who wishes to speak to them in relation to sexual harassment, to can contact them on confidential@gate-theatre.ie.

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