‘Me Too’ takes Amsterdam after talent show scandal

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Hundreds marched in Amsterdam on Saturday in a #MeToo protest sparked by allegations of sexual misconduct linked to a popular Dutch television talent show.

The protest in Amsterdam’s Museumplein square was organized following reports of sexual harassment, ranging from WhatsApp messages to an allegation of rape, linked to ‘The Voice of Holland’.

The popular show was taken off the air two weeks ago after women accused two panelists who have appeared on the show in recent years and its pianist and bandleader of inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances.

People hold placards against sexual violence, during a protest against sexual violence after ‘The Voice of Holland’ scandal, held in Amsterdam on January 29, 2022.

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Both coaches, both popular Dutch entertainers, have denied any wrongdoing. The conductor apologized and resigned from the show.

While a number of women have filed complaints with law enforcement authorities, prosecutors have yet to announce whether they will charge anyone.

The scandal has led to calls in the Netherlands for more action to make workplaces safer for women.

Union FNV said this week that “almost five years after #MeToo, surprisingly little has changed in the fight against workplace sexual bullying” and called on the government to toughen the laws.

FNV deputy chair Kitty Jong said the allegations about ‘The Voice Of Holland’ make it clear “that women in vulnerable positions have too few resources to tackle sexual harassment”.

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