Ricky Gervais has been left "shocked and appalled" after 'After Life' producer Charlie Hanson was accused by 11 women of misconduct.
The British producer and director was suspended by BAFTA and removed as the producer of the Netflix series following the allegations of sexual assault, which he has profusely denied.
In a letter addressed to BAFTA and the streaming giant published in The Times, the women alleged: "Charlie Hanson is a predator who uses his reputation, connections and standing in order to groom far younger, impressionable and sometimes vulnerable women into trusting him.
“At times he will promise them a starry career under his wing, and then exploits that trust in creepy and illegal ways.
“He then tries to diminish the seriousness of what he’s done by telling these young women — us — that it wasn’t as bad as it seemed, that it was somehow blameless. He does his best to convince himself — and others — that this method of operating is fine. But we know it is not fine.”
Gervais, who also worked with Hanson on 'Derek' and 'Extras', said: “I am shocked and appalled to learn of the historical allegations made by a number of women against Charlie Hanson. The decision was made to immediately remove him from production and I am confident the matter is being handled thoroughly."
A representative for Netflix commented: “Whilst the allegations are unrelated to his time on the show, we immediately removed him from the production."
Hanson's lawyers told the newspaper on his behalf: “Our client is shocked and appalled by these historical and false allegations of improper conduct towards women.
"He maintains that he has never acted inappropriately on any production, or at all, and has never had any complaints made about his conduct over the course of many decades in the media industry."
Hanson said: “I have been made aware of allegations made against me concerning improper conduct towards women dating back many years.
"Based on the summaries that have been provided to me, I understand that many of these accusations are made anonymously and are demonstrably false. I have not had one complaint in decades of work in the media industry.
"I categorically reject any wrongdoing on my part, and strongly refute the allegations that have been leveled at me. I have worked with and supported hundreds of men and women during my working life and will do what is necessary to protect and/or restore my reputation. I will also cooperate with any formal inquiries. The matter is now in the hands of my solicitors.”