Lily Allen claims head of record label took no action after hearing

The BBC said that Allen’s alleged attacker continues to work with Warner. Allen parted company with the label this summer.A spokesman for Warner Music UK said in a statement: “These allegations [from 2016] are appalling. We take accusations of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and investigate claims that are raised with us.“We’re very focused on enforcing our Code of Conduct and providing a safe and professional environment at all times.”The alleged assault took place in the Caribbean, where Allen was working on new material.She recalled: “I had been at a party. He was in a position of responsibility. He’d got me out of this party and decided he wanted to take me back to my hotel. We got to my hotel. I couldn’t find my room keys, so he was like, ‘Well, why don’t you sleep in my bed while I go and get the keys?’”Allen said she had been drinking heavily and passed out. “The next thing I knew, I woke up and he was in my bed naked.” Allen added: “Nobody wants to have the conversation, nobody wants to talk about it because then they have to talk about their culpability and their knowledge… and if their job isn’t to protect an artist, then what are they doing within that company? What are they doing there?” Lily Allen has accused the head of her record label of taking no action after she told him of an alleged sexual assault by an industry executive.Warner Music UK has become the latest company to be drawn into the #MeToo controversy after Allen claimed it had turned a blind eye when they learnt of her claims.The pop star first made the assault allegation in her memoirs last year, claiming that the man attacked her in a hotel room in 2016.In a new podcast for the BBC as part of an investigation into the music industry and the #MeToo movement, Allen said she met the head of her record label – Max Lousada, chairman and chief executive of Warner Music UK – shortly after the book was published.“I went out for dinner with one of the label bosses and he said to me that he had no idea about this incident until he read about it in the book,” Allen said.Asked by the podcast host, Miquita Oliver, if Mr Lousada had said, “Now that we know, boy, are we going to do something about it,” Allen replied: “No.”She said the label had seen an early copy of the book without her knowledge. “They got hold of the book so that they could see what was coming and protect themselves, because otherwise they would have read the book and gone, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what happened with so-and-so, are you ok?’ No, that didn’t happen.” Lily Allen performs on stage at Mighty Hoopla She said the man tried to have sex with her, and she jumped out of bed screaming.At the time, she did not report it to the label. “I’d made a decision that I didn’t want to go to the police, that I didn’t want to make a fuss and I wanted to keep it quiet. But I did want to protect myself,” she said.Allen said she felt her career had been damaged “as a result of talking about this stuff”.“People are always questioning what the victim’s intentions are, what it is that their end game is. I think the victims just want validation – they want someone to go, ‘Yeah, that happened, that was wrong, you’re a person, somebody crossed the line with you,’” she said.“And I’m a 34-year-old woman with two children, God knows what it’s like to be 19, 20, 21 in this industry.” Lily Allen performs on stage at Mighty Hoopla Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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