Sunday 11 December 2016

Singer Eileen Reid reveals she lost out on work because she refused to sleep with a director

Published 15/03/2016 | 15:17

TV3's Midday - Eileen Reid and Susan Webster
TV3's Midday - Eileen Reid and Susan Webster

Eileen Reid has revealed that she lost out on work because she refused to sleep with a director.

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“When I started out, I did a show and there was a big do afterwards," the 60s showband singer told the panel on TV3's Midday.

"The director was sitting there. Someone came over and told him they set him up with someone.  He said ‘No I'm alright here'. I turned to stone.

“’I've to go to the toilet is that alright?’ He grabbed me and said ‘you come back’. I went out and got on the phone and asked Jimmy [Eileen's husband] to collect me.”

TV3's Midday - Eileen Reid , Susan Webster, Sybil Mulcahy, Teena Gates and Paula McSweeney
TV3's Midday - Eileen Reid , Susan Webster, Sybil Mulcahy, Teena Gates and Paula McSweeney

Eileen added, "I wasn't on television until that person died."

Asked why, she said, "Because I let him down."

Host Sybil Mulcahy asked Eileen if she was denied future work because she didn't sleep with him that night.

"That's all it could have been. It was done all over the place, especially the entertainment business, it was rampant.”

The Midday panel, including author Teena Gates, solicitor Susan Webster and Today FM's Paula MacSweeney, discussed the issue of sexual abuse of women in the entertainment industry.

The discussion was prompted by actress Stephanie Beacham this week revealing that she had been raped in the early days of her career as an actress.

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