THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on the talent show “The Voice of Holland,” authorities said Monday.
The prosecutor’s office said it was following up on five complaints against four people on the TV show and now officially considering them suspects after the first allegations aired in January.
The show was taken off the air when it became one of the most serious #MeToo accounts to date in the Dutch entertainment world. It focuses on a show created in the Netherlands but broadcast in local versions around the world.
The scandal erupted after a local broadcaster’s YouTube show called “BOOS” – the Dutch word for angry – contacted “The Voice of Holland” to say it had spoken to victims of “sexually transgressive behavior “. He aired a program about their allegations soon after.
Dutch broadcaster RTL, which broadcasts “The Voice of Holland”, reacted quickly to the reports and suspended the broadcast.
The prosecutor’s office said it expected the investigation to take some time and would only decide then whether to prosecute the suspects.
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.