Former EastEnders executive producer Sean O’Connor is to receive ‘substantial damages’ following tabloid allegations of bullying during his time on the BBC soap.
The Sun newspaper issued an apology online and in print today in reference to their article dated 23 June claiming O’Connor had been sacked by the BBC following allegations he had bullied cast members. Statements from O’Connor and the channel at the time had said O’Connor had left the show to work on feature film projects.
Having claimed the soap’s cast had complained about O’Connor to the BBC which led to him leaving the role a year after being appointed, the paper today said: “We now accept that this was wrong. Mr O’Connor had not been accused of bullying anyone, none of the cast complained to the BBC about him bullying them, and his decision to leave the BBC had nothing to do with any claims of bullying.
“We apologise to Mr O’Connor for the distress caused, and have agreed to pay him substantial damages and legal costs.”
O’Connor was replaced on a temporary basis by former executive producer John Yorke while the search for a permanent replacement continues.
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