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‘The Voice of Holland’ suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct – Billboard

Voice of the Netherlands, the original version of the global hit singing contest format, was halted from broadcasting because of allegations of “very serious and shocking” sexual misconduct by members of the show’s production team. program, according to a statement from the Dutch television station.

Jeroen Rietbergen, the show’s band, resigned Saturday (January 15) in a statement sent to the Dutch ANP news service. He admitted to “relationships of a sexual nature” with women involving Dutch voice and said he “exchanged sexually explicit messages” with the women. Rietbergen said he did not believe he was abusing his power over the production, and he apologized “to the women involved for things I should never have done.”

Reitbergen said in his statement that the incidents happened years ago and that he has since received professional help, but he did not provide specifics on how to get treatment. For more than a decade, Reitbergen had a romantic relationship with Linda de Mol, the Dutch television star and sister of Voice creator John de Mol. Linda de Mol declined to comment.

Ali B, a famous Dutch rapper and a Dutch voice coach, has also been reported to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service of “sexual misconduct” related to the program, his lawyer confirmed Saturday in a statement. No details have been given. The Public Prosecution Service decides whether an accused person should be tried and what crime has been committed. Via Instagram, Ali B claims he is “100% convinced” of his own innocence.

RTL, a Dutch television station that carries Voice, one of the most popular shows in the Netherlands, on Saturday said it had suspended the performance while the allegations were being investigated.

“The allegations are very serious and shocking and RTL is not aware of it,” the channel said in its statement. “Based on these allegations, [The Voice] The producer of ITV has been contacted and it has been mutually agreed that ITV will immediately conduct an independent, due diligence investigation. The broadcasts of Dutch voice will be suspended for the time being until more clear information is available.”

Allegations of misconduct came to light following an investigation by BOOS, a news program on Dutch public television station BNNVARA.

Dutch voice is the original version of the singing competition franchise that John de Mol and Roel van Velzen created in 2010. The show has spawned dozens of local versions around the world, including a US version. on NBC, won seven Emmy Awards. 12th season of Dutch voice premieres on January 7th.

ITV acquired John de Mol’s production company Talpa in 2015, acquiring the rights Voice and undertake the production of various versions of the show worldwide. It is unclear whether alleged misconduct at Dutch voice take place before or after the ITV takeover.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/the-voice-of-holland-sexual-misconduct-allegations-1235019639/ ‘The Voice of Holland’ suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct – Billboard

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