16 May 2024

Actor Charlyn Yi alleges they were assaulted on set of Taika Waititi's Time Bandits

12:33 pm on 16 May 2024
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: Charlyne Yi attends the 46th Annual Annie Awards at Royce Hall, UCLA on February 02, 2019 in Westwood, California.   Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

American actor Charlyne Yi plays Judy in the series. Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Allegations of physical assault and coercion have emerged from the set of Taika Waititi's Apple+ series Time Bandits.

Charlyne Yi, who plays Judy on the show, has alleged on Instagam they were "physically assaulted multiple times by an actor, as well as psychologically abused".

Yi also claimed they were gaslit by coworkers, producers and HR, and "coerced to quit" the project, which was filmed in New Zealand in 2022 and 2023.

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi arrives for The Hollywood Reporter’s second annual “Raising Our Voices” event at the Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, on May 31, 2023.  (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP)

Taika Waititi. Photo: AFP / Michael Tran

In a second Instagram post on 15 May, Yi laid out their claims, not naming anyone in particular.

"My abuser pressed his body on me from behind, to the point I had to dig my feet into the ground to keep my stance during rehearsals and filming. I tried to shove him off. And he pushed down harder, and harder, till I felt my lower back compress, sending sharp pains through my whole body."

Yi claimed the actor later "pressed his body on me again knowing of my injury, and changed blocking during filming even though it would ruin continuity".

Time Bandits is based on the 1981 film of the same name. The series is produced by Paramount Television Studios, with Jermaine Clement serving as an executive producer.

Paramount has issued a statement in light of the allegations, noting: "The safety of our cast and crew is very important to us, and we take all concerns that are raised to us very seriously.

"At the time of the complaint, Paramount Television Studios conducted a full investigation regarding allegations that were brought to our attention. While all investigations are confidential and we cannot comment on specifics, additional steps were taken to address concerns.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs