EMMERDALE’S CLAIRE KING REVEALS A SLEAZY TV DIRECTOR TOOK HER TO A HOTEL ROOM FOR ‘CASTING’
Emmerdale actress Claire King has revealed that before joining the ITV soap she walked out of several castings because sleazy directors were trying to seduce her.v At one, she had been invited to a hotel room by a top name in the industry.
Remembering the ordeal, she told The Sun on Sunday: “I’ve been to several castings where I’ve thought, ‘This isn’t right, why am I in a hotel room? Why aren’t I in an office or a studio?’
“It’s that big blackmail threat, ‘You won’t get the job unless you . . . I don’t think any job is worth that because I’ve got principles. But there’s always someone behind you who will, someone to fill your boots.
“I was strong enough to say, ‘I don’t need this part that badly, I’m out of here’. I have never been propositioned, because I would never have let it get that far.
“But I have plenty of friends who have been propositioned by producers, plenty of friends who have ended up in dodgy situations. And it still happens now.